Chatham University

May 2012
Perspectives on Silent Spring at 50

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Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University

National Aviary

Chatham University

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of publication of Rachel Carson's seminal book, Silent Spring, considered the most significant influence on the launching of the modern environmental awareness and action movement. In celebration of this anniversary, year The Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University and the National Aviary are hosting the Perspectives on Silent Spring at 50 Symposium on May 11 and 12.

Rachel Carson, 1944. Photo Credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services

Rachel Carson, 1944.
Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This two-day event will celebrate and discuss the impact of Silent Spring on environmental writing, the conservation of wildlife, and the future of conservation and preservation of biodiversity. Attendees will hear from some of the country's most respected environmental writing and environmental science experts including Carson biographer, Linda Lear, Ph.D.; Heinz Award Recipients, Louis J. Guillette, Ph.D, and Terry Collins Ph.D.; Carson's grand-nephew and adopted son, Roger Christie, and many more.

Conference attendees will also be able to experience WINGS!, the first show to be presented in the National Aviary's new Helen M. Schmidt FlitezoneTM Theater. In the theater's intimate space, live American Bald Eagle flights are paired with music, video, lighting, and stage design - adding drama and context to these remarkable birds and the threats they face in the wild.

More Silent Spring at 50 Celebration Events

Silent Spring Virtual Exhibit hosted by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

April 2012
Earth Day: Bicycle parade in honor of Rachel Carson

Students from Pittsburgh universities: Chatham, Pitt, CMU, Point Park, Carlow, and Duquesne; Bike Pittsburgh; Venture Outdoors; REI; and many others join together to show support for preserving our environmental values with a bicycle parade displaying environmental messages proceeding from Chatham Eastside Campus to Phipps Conservatory.

October 2012
Rachel Carson Legacy Conference: Our Planet and Our Health- The Impact of Silent Spring after Fifty Years

Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring, published 50 years ago in 1962, brought global attention to the consequences of unrestrained use of toxic pesticides such as DDT. Among the actions taken in response to her work was a ban on DDT by the newly formed environmental Protection Agency in 1976, over a decade after Rachel Carson's death. The conference will gather participants from academic, non-government, industry, advocates and policy makers to explore the topic: "Our Planet and Our Health - The Impact of Silent Spring after Fifty Years". The event will focus on the oceans as harbingers of the health of our planet and ourselves, with a keynote address from Francesca Santoro, Ph.D. of the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission of the UNESCO. The event will feature the American Chemical Society presentation by Nancy B. Jackson, Ph.D. of Sandia national Laboratory of a National Historic Chemical Landmark for Silent Spring to Chatham University, Rachel Carson's alma mater.

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