Silent Spring & Autumn 2012: 
an Evening Celebrating Silent Spring at 50
& Rachel Carson's Legacy

Friday, December 14, 2012 (7 p.m.)

Southside Hub of Production
5638 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL  60637

presented by the Borderbend Arts Collective

$7 suggested donation, sliding scale

Throughout this year we have seen wonderful demonstrations of admiration and respect for Rachel Carson and her legacy. This evening's event is another manifestation of this yearlong celebration -- 

Email for more info. 
The Pesticide Action Network UK presented the 2012 Rachel Carson Memorial Lecture on March 30, 2012. Polly Higgins delivered the lecture -- "Ending the Age of Ecocide." Click here to download the flyer. 
Thursday, September 27

locations: nationwide
The Borderbend Arts Collective presents "Silent Spring & Autumn 2012," which happens 50 years (to the day!) after the publication of that essential book by Rachel Carson -- who is one of America's greatest environmental heroes. "Silent Spring & Autumn 2012," which involves individuals and organizations nationwide, happens during the Seventh Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival. Click here to find out about "Silent Spring & Autumn 2012" events and contributions.  

To find out more send an email to Borderbend, (with Silent Spring in the subject line). Thanks! 
Saturday, September 29, 2012 (9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)

National Wildlife Visitor Center
Patuxent Research Refuge
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD  20708 

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the publication of ‘Silent Spring,’ Rachel Carson Council (RCC), along with the American Bird Conservancy, is hosting a tribute to this great American classic and its world-famous author, Rachel Carson.   There will be presentations from renowned environmental scientists and an eminent environmental historian, plus helpful / inspiring information for young people about careers in the environmental (green) areas.

Program Information
Speakers: From 9:30 to 1:30, renowned speakers will provide cutting edge information, in easy-to-understand language:
  • Professor Edwin Russell, environmental historian at the University of Virginia; 
  • Dr. Pierre Mineau, Canadian wildlife toxicologist;
  • Dr. Phyllis Martin, entomologist at the US Department of Agriculture;
  • Lisa Lefferts, Senior Scientist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest; and 
  • Dr. Val Beasley, toxicologist at the University of Illinois.  

The topics covered will include:
  • Information on pesticides’ effects on birds, insects and amphibians, as well as on human health; 
  • Information on the significance of Silent Spring in the U.S. and abroad; 
  • A discussion of the “One Health” concept.

In addition to their presentations, speakers will share brief information about what motivated them to specialize in their particular environmental careers.

Exhibitors and Presenters: 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., in the adjoining Rachel Carson Community Room will feature speakers, displays, videos, and informal contacts with entrepreneurs in Green businesses and professions.  Among those speaking will be, Lance Estevez, an Organic Farmer and Alan Cohen, President of BioLogical Pest Management, an ecological pest control company.

The focus of this session will be to provide:
  • Information on green methods of caring for ourselves, our homes, and our environment; 
  • Information about environmental course offerings at nearby universities and colleges (for high school students);
  • Information concerning internships with green organizations (for high school students).

This includes information from green entrepreneurs and local colleges and universities.
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Carnegie Mellon University
May 31-June 3 2012 
The mission of Earth Matters on Stage (EMOS) Ecodrama Playwrights' Festival is to call forth and nurture new dramatic works that respond to and interpret the ecological crisis.

The Festival presents workshop performances and readings of the winners of an international playwrights competition: the EMOS Ecodrama Playwrights’ Contest. Winning playwrights are present for the productions, readings, and post-performance discussions with audience and actors.

Concurrently, the EMOS Symposium on Performance and Ecology gathers speakers, panels and discussions that will advance scholarship in the area of arts and ecology, and help foster development of new works.

The first EMOS Festival took place at Humboldt State University in 2004. The second EMOS Festival (with concurrent symposium) took place at the University of Oregon in spring 2009.  EMOS 2012 will take place at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA.

Program:The first and second place plays have been selected by our jury (panelists were Jose Cruz Gonzalez, Olga Sanchez, Marie Clements, Theresa May, and Rob Koon).  The winner is "Sila" by Chantal Bilodeaux; the runner up is "Bears" by Mark Rigney.  These two plays will each receive two workshop performance during the symposium weekend.

In addition, we have a full slate of workshops and panels on topics ranging from devising eco-theater to scholarly analysis of eco-drama to reducing theatrical production's environmental impact (a tentative schedule is attached). Participants include academic scholars, working artists, playwrights, dancers, theater designers, and technical directors

The conference will include a keynote speech by the performance artist Holly Hughes, whose most recent work explores the use and meaning of animals in performance.

The conference is sponsored by the School of Drama at CMU, the College of Fine Arts at CMU, the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education at CMU, the Center for the Arts in Society at CMU, and the American Society for Theatre Research. 

Visit the EMOS website for more information:

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The Great Lakes Ensemble is performing at the Lakeside Inn on August 26 (4 p.m.) during Portoluz's Jazz on a Summer's Day series

Excerpts of Silent Spring will be integrated into the Great Lakes Ensemble's performance, in celebration of Silent Spring at 50.
Lakeside Inn
15251 Lakeshore Road
Lakeside, Michigan 49116 
above: photos of the Great Lakes Ensemble's performance at Edwin Gallery (June 2012)
The Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University is presenting Silent Spring at 50 celebrations throughout 2012, including: 
  • An Evening with Steven Stucky, Composer
  • The World Premier of Silent Spring, a Commissioned Symphonic work by Steven Stucky
  • Bicycle Parade in Honor of Rachel Carson on Earth Day
  • Perspectives on Silent Spring at 50 Conference
  • Rachel Carson Legacy Conference: Sustaining Food Resources for the World

Click here to find out more. 
An event celebrating Silent Spring at 50 & Rachel Carson's legacy happens during the Seventh Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival. Date & location TBA. 
April 19, 2012 (5 p.m.)

Hannaford Lecture Hall, Portland

Sponsored by the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
This discussion highlighted the influence of Rachel Carson on the perspectives and lives of five current female environmental leaders in Maine. The event was moderated by Naomi Schalit, Executive Director of Pinetree Watchdog. Naomi is the former Executive Director of Maine Rivers and former reporter and producer for Maine Public Radio. Panelists included:
  • Pattie Aho, DEP Commissioner
  • Michele Dionne, Ph.D., Research Director, Wells National Estuarine Research Preserve
  • Melissa Welsh Innes, Maine State Representative (D-Yarmouth)
  • Lisa Pohlmann, Executive Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine
  • Amanda Sears, Associate Director, Environmental Health Strategy Center

USM alumna Kate Cheney Chappell ’83, co-founder of Tom’s of Maine and an accomplished artist and poet, has developed an art show on the inspirations of Rachel Carson. Ms. Chappell spoke at the panel discussion and shared a DVD she produced regarding her art and connection to Rachel Carson.

This event was part of a special celebration of Rachel Carson's life and her impact on contemporary society. More information can be found at