Building Climate Resistance

Date:  Sunday February 27, 2011
Speaker:  Tim DeChristopher

Tim DeChristopher, as Bidder #70, disrupted an illegitimate BLM oil and gas auction in December of 2008 by outbidding oil companies for parcels around Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah. He was indicted on two felony charges for that act of civil disobedience, and is currently scheduled to go to trial on February 28th, 2011. Tim subsequently founded Peaceful Uprising, a climate justice group that empowers nonviolent action to defend a livable future.

Tim will provide insight on his upcoming trial and share his views on the needs of the climate movement. He will share both his experience and his research about civil disobedience, juries and social movements. Tim’s main focus is on exercising our maximum civic power to create a healthy and just world.

Speaker-Suggested References and Resources:
http://www.peacefuluprising.org
http://solveclimatenews.com/video/seven-talks-tim-dechristopher-5-counting-jurys-conscience
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700090958/Unlikely-activist-Tim-DeChristopher-is-praised-reviled-as-environmental-radical.html

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Roots in Our Throats: Poetry and Etymology

Date:  Sunday February 13, 2011
Speaker:   Natasha Sajé

 Natasha Sajé is the author of two books of poems, Red Under the Skin (Pittsburgh, 1994), and Bend (Tupelo Press, 2004), and many essays. She earned degrees from the University of Virginia (B.A.), Johns Hopkins University (M.A.) and the University of Maryland (Ph.D.). Her work has been honored with the Robert Winner and Alice Fay di Castagnola Awards, a Fulbright fellowship, the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize, and the Utah Book Award. Sajé is a professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and has been teaching in the Vermont College M.F.A. in Writing program since 1996.

English comes from the Anglo-Saxon and from Latin or Greek, and a writer can often choose between these “families” to achieve a particular effect. Moreover, understanding the etymology (word origins) of words can help a writer imbue his or her writing with greater power: buried or historical meanings of words carry amplifying images; for instance the root of “cross” in “crucial” or the root of “star” in “consider.” Finally, readers who access etymology access history and understand ideological change.

Speaker-Suggested References and Resources:
Martin Heidegger, Poetry, Language, Thought, (New York: Harper & Row, 1971), 146
Conrad Barrett, “Keys to Language and Cultural Awareness,” http://www.bolchazy.com/al/whylatin
Henry James, “Paste,” The Story and Its Writer, ed. Ann Charters (New York: St. Martin’s, 1999)
Raymond Carver, “What We Talk about When We Talk about Love,” The Story and Its Writer, ed.
Ann Charters (New York: St. Martin’s, 1999)
Josephine Jacobsen, In the Crevice of Time: Collected Poems, (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1995)
Madeleine Mysko, “Out of Blue,” Hudson Review XLVII (1) Spring 1994, 80
Paisley Rekdal, Six Girls Without Pants, (Spokane: Eastern Washington UP, 2002)
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays and Lectures, (New York: Library of America, 1983), 457
Walt Whitman, Prose Works 1892: Specimen Days, ed. Floyd Stovall, (New York: NYU P, 1963), II; 572
Joseph Kronick, “On the Border of History: Whitman and The American Sublime,” The American Sublime, (Albany, NY: SUNY-Albany UP, 1986), 59
Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Journals and Papers of Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. Humphrey House, (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1959)
Paul West, The Secret Lives of Words, (New York: Harcourt, 2000), 69
Allen Metcalf and David Barnhart, America in So Many Words: Words That Shaped America (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1997)
Susan Mitchell, Rapture, (New York: Harper Collins, 1992)
Gjetrud Schnackenberg, The Lamplit Answer, (New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1985)
Elizabeth Alexander, Body of Life, (Chicago: Tia Chucha Press, 1996)
Allen Grossman, Of the Great House: A Book of Poems, (New York: New Directions, 1982)
Jacques Derrida, Spurs, (U of Chicago P, 1979), 55
Natasha Sajé, Red Under the Skin, (Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P, 1994)
Heather McHugh, The Father of the Predicaments, (Middletown: Wesleyan UP, 1999)
Gary Snyder, Mountains and Rivers Without End, (Washington: Counterpoint, 1996)