Earth Day Celebration

Tuesday April 21 – Thursday April 23

The Natural Sciences Department will hold its annual Earth Day Celebration on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 21-23. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Our Planet, Our Health,” emphasizing the importance of the planet’s health to our own health. The entire Hostos community is encouraged to participate in this celebration.
Our Earth Day opening ceremony will be on Wednesday April 22, starting at 9:30 am in the Savoy Multipurpose Room. Our keynote speaker, Gerald Markowitz, Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center, will talk about “America’s Longest Epidemic: Childhood Lead Poisoning and the Crisis of Industrial Pollution.”
This year we have the exciting collaboration of the General Education Committee, which will sponsor two panel discussions: on environmental activism in the Bronx, and on genetically modified organisms. These events will take place in the Savoy Room on Wednesday April 22 at 12:30 and 2:00 pm, respectively.
Additional events planned for the three-day Earth Day celebration include talks, symposia, student poster presentations, in-class teach-ins, digital stories, videos, an Atrium photo exhibit, and field trips to Franz Sigel and Central Park. Several student clubs will also participate.
A complete schedule of events will be listed in the Earth Day program that will be distributed in early April. Faculty from all departments are encouraged to participate, either by bringing their students or by creating additional Earth Day events in their own classes—after all, the Earth belongs to all of us! If you have an event that you would like to contribute or would like further information, please contact the Earth Day co-chairs, Prof. Zvi Ostrin & Prof. Allison Franzese, zostrin@hostos.cuny.edu, afranzese@hostos.cuny.edu .

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