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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 2, 2007

(Mahwah) – Ramapo College of New Jersey will host a slate of activities to celebrate Earth Week, April 16 – 21.  The week will be celebrated through lectures, discussions, films, dance, theatre, music, nature tours and puppet pageantry.  The public is invited to attend the following events:

Tuesday, April 17, there will be a vocal performance by CantaNova from 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. adjacent to the Kameron Pond on campus. At 3:30 p.m., there will be a screening of The Power of Community:  How Cuba Survived Peak Oil and at 4:30 p.m., a screening of Who Killed the Electric Car? Both films are part of the Earth Week Film Series and will be shown in the H-Wing Auditorium on campus.  At 6 p.m, there will be a discussion about the films led by Ramapo College Professors Chuck Stead and Mike Edelstein, followed by refreshments.

Wednesday, April 18, the Earth Week Film Series continues with a screening of An Inconvenient Truth at 6:30 p.m. and a screening of The Corporation at 8 p.m., both in the H-Wing Auditorium.

Thursday, April 19 at 3 p.m. in the H-Wing Auditorium there will be a lecture, “Examining the Diversity of Electricity Generating Microorganisms:  New Options for Sustainability” by Dr. Helen White, a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard. 

That evening at 6 p.m. in the Sharp Theater, Majora Carter will be the featured Earth Week keynote speaker. An artist and urban planner, she created Sustainable South Bronx (SSB), an organization dedicated to holistic community development that creates jobs, protects the environment and brings green space to the inner city. 

Friday, April 20, the future of sustainability at the college will be the topic for a conference, “Sustainability at Ramapo:  Prospective and Retrospective” from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. in Pavilion Room 3.  The conference will be coordinated by Professor Michael Edelstein, medelste@ramapo.edu.

Later that day, Forces of Nature Dance Theater will present a dance performance at 8 p.m. in the Sharp Theater.  Through the development of ongoing programs offered to schools, community service organizations and cultural art institutions, Forces of Nature has found that the arts, coupled with informative, stimulating academic presentations and creative participation, serve as one of the best tools in educating young people and redirecting them toward a progressive alternative path. For ticket information, call 201.684.7844.

Saturday, April 21, an Earth Fest will be held from noon – 6 p.m. in The Grove on the college campus.  The activities will include live music; professional and student theater performances; vendors; environmental crafts; and activities sponsored by student clubs and area not-for-profit environmental organizations. At 2:30 p.m. Arm of the Sea Theater will present “Turtle Island,” a free puppetry performance, in the Grove.  At 4 p.m. a Clowning and Comedy Showcase will be held in Room 216 in the Berrie Center, and at 5:00 p.m. the Ramapo Chorale will perform. 

That evening, the Ramapo Stage Series will present Nordic Fiddle Fest! featuring Frigg in the Sharp Theater at 8 p.m.  For ticket information, call 201.684.7844.

The 12th Annual Ramapo River Watershed Conference will take place on Sunday, April 27 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Alumni Lounges in the Student Center. Coordinated by Professor Howard Horowitz, hhorowit@ramapo.edu, the conference will discuss the latest research and issues involving the Ramapo River Watershed.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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