Roy Scranton/Assembly Speaker and Roundtable Host
April 15, 2014
Roy Scranton‘s essays, reviews, and fiction have appeared in The New York Times, Boston Review, Bookforum, Contemporary Literature, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He served in the US Army from 2002 to 2006, and spent fourteen months in Iraq. He earned an MA at the New School for Social Research, and is currently working on a PhD in English at Princeton. He is working on two books at the moment: The Lost War: World War II in American Literature, 1945-1975, a work of literary and historical criticism investigating the dominance of traumatic narratives in the canonical literature of World War II; and Learning to Die in the Anthropocene, a philosophical essay on the meaning of human life in the midst of global climate crisis.
Head of School, Worcester Academy
Tuesday, 3 December 2013. 7-8 PM in Warner Theater
Worcester Academy has been engaged in an ambitious capital campaign, OnWArd: The Campaign For Worcester Academy, with a goal of raising $50 million to strengthen facilities and programs directly benefiting students. With the support of our parents, alumni, and other friends of the school, we have raised an impressive $34 million, which has been used to fund the highly successful renovation of Kingsley Labs, the acquisition of the South Campus and subsequent construction of Morse Field, and the growth of our endowment. We are entering the Capstone Phase of OnWArd with a roughly $20 million multi-building facilities improvement plan. With construction focused over two summers, the renovation of Walker Hall, one of our historic and most prominent buildings, is the centerpiece of this plan; Walker will emerge as a first-rate center for the humanities that will serve Worcester Academy well for generations to come. Head of School Ronald M. Cino will discuss the challenge of balancing the preservation of our historical buildings with the Academy’s efforts to support sustainability and the ongoing effort to create a greener world. Mr. Cino will also discuss the process the Academy went through to obtain LEED certification Silver for this new project.
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How to Save the Oceans and Feed the World
Andrew Sharpless, CEO, Oceana and author, The Perfect Protein
Thursday, November 7
New England Aquarium Lecture Series, Boston
With Earth’s human population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050—adding the equivalent of two Chinas to current numbers—we need wild fish more than ever to feed us (especially the nearly 1 billion of the world’s poorest people who rely on seafood as their main source of animal protein). The bad news is that wild fish populations are in decline because of overfishing, destruction of habitat and bycatch. We are grinding up small fish such as anchovies, mackerel and sardines into feed for salmon and other farmed animals, even though these overlooked fish are delicious and healthy and could feed millions inexpensively. The good news, as Andrew Sharpless explains, is that if just 25 coastal nations of the world—including the United States—take three steps to better manage their wild seafood supply, our oceans will not only become more biodiverse, they will be far more abundant and capable of feeding hundreds of millions more people every day at a sustainable rate. Sharpless’s message is clear. We can save the oceans and feed the world.
Click here for more on the Aquarium series.
We will charter a bus leaving Worcester Academy at 4 PM
Dinner at Legal Sea Foods in Boston/Lecture is at 7 PM.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Click here for an article about the threats to our oceans.
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Dr. Jeff Pappas
Director of The New Mexico Historical Preservation Division
Monday, 21 October 2013. 7-8 PM in Warner Theater
Dr. Pappas is a Worcester native and a former member of the Worcester Academy faculty. He received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University, taught at Colorado State University and served in the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office after leaving Worcester Academy. Dr. Pappas has worked for over 20 years in the National Park Service, primarily at Yosemite National Park. As the Director of The New Mexico Historic Preservation Division, Pappas helps identify and protect New Mexico’s cultural resources, including its archaeological sites, architectural and engineering achievements, cultural landscapes and diverse heritage. Pappas oversees efforts to help communities identify, evaluate, preserve, and revitalize their historic, archaeological, and cultural resources.