Rachel Carson Chautauqua
Monday, 14 April, 2014 | Starts at 07:30 PM
Alumna Fiona Reid '00 will present herself as Rachel Carson on the 50th Aniversary of Carson's death, and in honor of Make Way for Monarch's call to make April 14th a 'Day for action and contemplation of Monarchs and our other imperiled pollinators.'
Senator Ribicoff, in welcoming Rachel Carson to the Senate Hearings on activities relating to the use of pesticides, said “Miss Carson, on behalf of the committee, we certainly welcome you here. You are the lady who started all this.” In Silent Spring she challenged the experts, questioned government, technology and progress itself. “Silent Spring has been recognized throughout the world as one of those rare books that change the course of history—not through incitement to war or violent revolution, but by altering the direction of man’s thinking.” (Paul Brooks).
But her trilogy of the sea, written before Silent Spring, shows us her love of life and the spectacle and mystery of it. In spite of the scientific nature of her subjects her voice is allied with the non-specialist as she gently brings the reader into the world of her own experiences. The world of nature, she said, was available to anyone “. . Who will place himself under the influence of earth, sea and sky. . .”
To anyone who feels the wounds of the earth and wonders how to “penetrate the barrier of public indifference” Carson is an example of strength, determination against all odds, and an antidote to the feelings of hopelessness we all sometimes experience. Carson gives me the courage to go forward believing.
'My love of nature comes from the hot sun, the wide open spaces, the dust of dirt roads, and the sight of the Southern Cross hanging like a celestial kite in the clear African sky. My understanding of it was challenged and stretched by four years at Prescott College. As Education Director of the Highlands Center for Natural History I see, clearly, the importance of exposing young children to the wonder of nature. Each time I perform this chautauqua I am reminded of the questions, the ethics, the influences, and the values in my life. In many powerful ways Rachel Carson is a living inspiration, encouraging me to stand up and speak for the earth. Through her words I find one way to do so.'
Monday, 14 April, 2014
Starts at 07:30 PM