Spring 2021

 

 

 

Please take a look at these videos created by Avery Point Technical Writing and Design students—

Each video tackles a social or environmental issue and presents possible solutions:

 

“High-Speed Rail in the United States” by Robert Tolppi, Luke Owen, and Mariana Elguera

 

“Solar Panels as an Alternative to Fossil Fuels” by Dalila Liriano, Liz Lam, and Bret Noreika

 

“Water Usage and Water Waste Mitigation Techniques” by Wyatt Fern, Chris Kopec, Evangeline Liu, and Julie Sedensky

 

“Family Planning in the United States” by Alondra Gardner

 

“Coastal Wetland Protection and Restoration” by Bridget Wood, Nathaniel Walesky, and Richi Patai

 

“Food Insecurity in the United States” by Virginia York, Ellie Hall, E.J. Jimenea, and Bella Calcagni

 

 

OTHER EVENTS

University Forums on Race, Policing and Justice: The Chauvin Trial

On Tuesday, a jury found Officer Derek Chauvin guilty in the death of George Floyd.  Many of us are reacting strongly to this news and feel the need to share our responses with peers.  Global Café wishes to reiterate that UConn is holding two forums for that purpose in the coming days:

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. In the spirit of solidarity, we hope to see broad representation from our entire community.  See the Provost’s Office Website for details. 

 

 

Earth Week Book Talk

Please join Global Café for a virtual discussion of The History of Bees by Maja Lunde (2017) on Friday, April 23rd from 1:00 to 2:30p.m. 

This “spectacular and deeply moving” (Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author) novel follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees—and to their children and one another—against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis.

In this year’s UConn Reads book choice, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, author Amitav Ghosh argues that climate change is so unthinkable to us that we have not welcomed it into our imaginations; it therefore doesn’t show up nearly as prevalently as we’d expect in fiction.  The History of Bees, however, is an exception to that rule.  Please join this is Earth Week Zoom discussion; multiple copies of the book are available for check out at the Waterford Public Library.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElcO6hqjItH9PRnhXZWcFQxlqhFcCG8Lvi.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

This event is sponsored by Global Café and the Waterford Public Library.  Please contact Laurie Wolfley for details

 

 

PAST EVENTS

Global Café is seeking creative writing pieces for an Earth Day celebration: Students are encouraged to explore and creatively document their responses to climate change.  Selected submissions will be displayed on the AVS Gallery website and showcased as part of EARTH/ART 2021, UConn Avery Point’s first annual evening celebration of environment and the arts. 

In this year’s UConn Reads book choice, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, author Amitav Ghosh argues that climate change is so unthinkable to us that we have not welcomed it into our imaginations; it therefore doesn’t show up nearly as prevalently as we’d expect in fiction. 

Let’s change that now! 

Global Café encourages students to create and share their own creations (poems, songs, short stories, works of art, etc.) featuring the devastating effects of climate change—anything that can be showcased via the web.  This includes recorded performances, short readings, and poetry slams.

And, because science is so essential to understanding of climate change, we include a call for nonfiction pieces, like research papers and presentations, as well. 

Are you creating a haiku for Reading the Wrack Lines?  Are you writing a piece for the Creative Writing Club?  Have you been hiking with the EcoHusky Club and felt inspired to record your observations?  Have you performed research for a biology course?  Share your ideas with the Avery Point campus community on Earth Week. 

Instructions:  Walk in the woods or along the shoreline. Observe, collect, record, and reflect on what you see.  Then create a poem, song, one-sentence story, film, work of art, short story, play, or research paper—any creative piece focused on the environment!

DEADLINE: APRIL 9, 2021
This project is sponsored by Global Café and the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery.

Logo designed by Isabelle Calcagni.
Contact Laurie Wolfley or Charlotte Gray for more information.

 

 

Campus Dialogue on the Storming of the Capitol