Announcing the 2nd annual Ecofeminism panel in honor of Women’s History Month of March w/ keynote speaker, Dr. Marcy Jung

By Michaela Steiner

A student panel focusing on Ecofeminism and the future will explore connections between environmentalism and feminism in honor of Women’s History Month. The event will be held March 11, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Vallecito Room on the Fort Lewis College campus, and free food is being provided by Food Not Bombs! and the Sociology Club.

Ecofeminist theories will be applied to current global tribulations to produce a dynamic, inspiring and engaging conversation. The event aims to bring awareness to connections between these two distinct movements, to bring about solutions for our current social and environmental crisis and to empower students to be leaders for an inherited future.

“I am so thrilled to have the honor of facilitating this event for another year,” said student organizer, Michaela Steiner. “This event is unique because it gives students the opportunity to educate the larger Durango and Fort Lewis community and brings a fresh perspective to many environmental and social problems we face today.”

This is Steiner’s second year organizing the event, and she hopes to have similar success as seen last year.  More than 90 students and community members attended the ecofeminism event last year and engaged in an interactive discussion with student panelists.

With a new set of panelists, Steiner is sure interesting topics will be brought up, focusing on a theme of globalization throughout the entire panel.

“I’m always excited to see where the conversation goes, as these panelists are future leaders who can and will provide society with some real insight into how to move forward in a most beneficial and equitable way,” Steiner said.

Mountain Studies Institute and Air Quality

Mountain around Silverton, by Heather Ellis

Mountain around Silverton, by Heather Ellis

Devon Dey interviews Aaron Kimple, Project Manager of the Mountain Studies Institute, about air quality in the mountains. The Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) is an independent, non-advocacy, not-for-profit 501(c)3 center for research, education, and outreach. MSI operates its headquarters and a high-altitude field station in Silverton, CO. MSI also has an office on campus at Fort Lewis College in nearby Durango, CO. Their mission is to enhance understanding and sustainable use of the San Juan Mountains through research and education.