Earth Charter - UW Oshkosh and Community
Earth Charter Community Summit 2004
Dates: October 2-9
Reservations are not required. All events are free and open to the public.
"Free Parking all week in lots 15 and 32 (M-F 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) and 15, 32, and 34 (M-F after 5:00 p.m.). All lots may be used at the weekend. Please respect rules for handicapped and metered slots at all times."
Saturday, Oct. 2
- 5-9 p.m. Earth Charter Community Summit Kickoff Celebration.
Opera House Square.
In conjunction with the monthly downtown Oshkosh Gallery Walk, the Winnebago Peace and Justice Center will be hosting a kickoff event, featuring Arts for Kids art, the Oshkosh Rhythm Institute, local percussionist, Mark Powers; Food Not Bombs (free food!); a puppet show; a forestry issues speaker; movies and more! Facilitated by Bob Poeschl.
Monday, Oct. 4
- 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Earth Charter Art Exhibition,
Reeve Union Concourse. Oshkosh K-8 student art, as well as projects from UW Oshkosh’s Children’s Learning and Care Center will be featured and on display. Organized by AmeriCorps Vista volunteers Justin Mitchell and Mandy Mabott.
- 12-1 p.m. “Wisconsin’s Natural World”
Reeve Memorial Union Theater (room 307) A serene, scenic video of Wisconsin’s natural beauty, complemented by classical music and poetry. Presented by Abbas Yaghmaian.
- 5:30-7 p.m. “The Earth Charter Community Teach-In.”
Reeve Union Ballroom (room 227).Chancellor Richard Wells will be giving opening comments, followed by the 4th and 5th grade choirs from Webster Stanley Elementary School. 125 students will be performing original Earth Charter-based songs, under the direction of Artist-in-Residence, Ken Lonnquist. Also featuring presentations by Patricia Vickman, Webster Stanley Elementary School Principal; Kirby Schultz, Principal of Oakwood Elementary, the Oshkosh environmental charter school; ethnic percussionist and activist Bill Kehl; and AmeriCorps Vista volunteers Justin Mitchell and Mandy Mabott. Drinks and refreshments will be provided, sponsored by the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC).
- 7:30 p.m. "What's Funny About Climate Change?"
Experimental Theater, Arts and Communication Building (free performance!). Human Nature, an acting troupe from Petrolia, California, creates original theater pieces about important environmental and social issues. Human Nature's philosophy is that theater, especially musical comedy, can educate and inform audiences about the relationship between human culture and the natural world.
- 8:30 p.m. Open Forum and refreshments with Human Nature actors,
Experimental Theater,Arts and Communication Building.
Tuesday, Oct. 5
- 10:00 a.m-2:30 p.m. Green Business and Alternative
Reeve Union Concourse. Bob Hernke, Wisconsin Public Service, will be showcasing WPS’s NatureWise program and the SolarWise for Schools program. Also featured will be the high-mileage vehicle built by Green Bay Preble High School students; an Oneida Nation Solar Trailer; Soil Testing Services; an expert from UW Green Bay on green buildings and other local environmentally conscious businesses.
- 11:30-1 p.m. “Shelter for Life.”
Reeve Memorial Union. A brown bag luncheon, presented by Harry van Burik, Director, will explore the world of international disaster relief. Shelter For Life (SFL) is a private volunteer organization established in 1979 with headquarters based in Oshkosh, WI. SFL is non-profit organization and is also registered as a Private Voluntary Organization with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). SFL specializes in providing medium to long-term shelter solutions for IDP’s, refugees and disaster victims. We also have a long track record in infrastructure projects (schools, clinics, roads, bridges, water supply system, etc.), emergency relief distribution and community development. SFL has worked in Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, Honduras, Kosovo, India, Iraq, Pakistan and Western Sahara.
- 5:30 p.m. "The State of Wisconsin's Waters."
Reeve Memorial Union. Speaker to be announced.
- 6:15 p.m. "Whose Water Is It Anyway?"
Reeve Memorial Union. A panel presentation facilitated by UWO hydrogeologist, Maureen Muldoon, featuring Melissa Scanlan, Executive Director of the Midwest Environmental Advocates, speaking on the Public Trust Doctrine and Russel Van Herik, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Protection Fund, speaking on the economics of withdrawals from the Great Lakes. Jill Jonas, Director of the WDNR's Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater, will speak on new legislation that governs groundwater withdrawal and Tina Brueckner of Johnson Controls will also present.
- 8:00 p.m. Refreshments and Break Out Sessions.
Reeve Memorial Union.
Wednesday, Oct. 6
- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aquatic Research Expo
Organized by Mike Lizotte, UWO. Reeve Union Concourse. Highlights include: Aquatic Research Facility plans, microbes at the beach; groundwater; arctic oceanography; trout streams; wild rice; glacial lakes; products from algae; Science Outreach; campus environmental audit update and much more
- 9 a.m.-3p.m. “The Fall Watershed Science Meeting,”
organized by Linda Stoll of the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance. Presentations of current research and discussions among the basin’s aquatic scientists. Wisconsin Room (Reeve Union room 306)
- 11:30-1 p.m. “The Menominee Indians and the Earth Charter,”
Reeve Memorial Union. A presentation by William Van Lopik, PhD, of the Sustainable Development Institute of the College of Menominee Nation.
- 5:30 p.m. "Fox/Wolf Watershed Water Quality Issues,"
Reeve Memorial Union. Catherine Neiswender, UW-Extension, Winnebago County Community Development Educator.
- 6:15 p.m. "Water, water everywhere...but is it safe to use?"
Reeve Memorial Union. A panel presentation, facilitated by UWO hydrogeologist, Maureen Muldoon, featuring Erin O'Brien of the River Alliance of Wisconsin and their startling new report, Caught in a Cross Current: The Management of Wisconsin's Rivers; Kelley O'Connor of the WDNR, speaking on arsenic in our groundwater; Steve Brand, Superintendent of Utilities for the City of Oshkosh, speaking on wastewater treatment, Keith Marquardt, a project technician with the Winnebago County Land and Water Conservation Dept. who will address non-point pollution issues. An additional speaker will address recreational, sports and fishing aspects of our local watershed.
- 8:00 p.m. Refreshments and Break Out Sessions
Reeve Memorial Union.
Thursday, Oct. 7
- 11:30-1 p.m. "Fox River PCB Remediation-Where are we today?"
Reeve Memorial Union. A brown bag luncheon panel presentation featuring Rebecca Katers, Executive Director of the Clean Water Action Council; Tony Palmeri, UW Oshkosh communication professor, speaking on the politics of the local media regarding the cleanup effort and Greg Hill, WDNR Project Coordinator for the Lower Fox River Project, on the progress to date of the remediation. Refreshments will also be available. Organized and sponsored by SEAC.
- 5:30 p.m. “Social Justice and Community Interaction.”
Reeve Memorial Union. Richard Davis, UW Professor of Music and social activist. Richard Davis is an international performing musician and Professor of Bass, Jazz History and combo improvisation at the UW-Madison. His great versatility as a bassist keeps him in constant demand for worldwide concert appearances. In 1993, Mr. Davis founded the Richard Davis Foundation for Young Bassists, and in 1998 created the Retention Action Project, which focuses on keeping open dialogues in subjects that educate all of us to multicultural differences. Facilitated by Andrew Robson, Associate Dean for the College of Letters and Science.
- 6:15 p.m. "Biotechnology and the Corporate Takeover of Food."
Reeve Memorial Union. Britt Bailey, Senior Associate for the Center for Ethics and Toxics is also Director of Environmental Commons and has been involved in non-profit environmental work for nearly 10 years. Britt holds a master's degree in environmental policy and she's written and researched a number of key issues including the misuse of pesticides, agricultural biotechnology, sustainable farming and endangered species. She is the co-author of Against the Grain: Biotechnology and the Corporate Takeover of Your Food. Britt also serves as the Environmental Policy instructor at the College of Marin, Kentfield, CA. Organized by Lindsay Kronenwetter, Campus Greens, sponsored by the University Speaker Series.
- 7:15 p.m. Refreshments and Open Forum w/ Britt Bailey and Richard Davis.
Reeve Memorial Union.
Friday, Oct. 8
- 10:30 a.m.
State Senator Carol Roessler will speak on the politics of the Earth Charter (proposed), followed by a forum featuring 6th Congressional District House candidates Tom Petri (Republican); Jef Hall (Democrat); and Carol Rittenhouse (Green), all invited.
- 12.40 p.m. Master Class in Music with Richard Davis.
Music Hall, Arts and Communications Building, all are welcome.
- 1-2 p.m. "How can state government promote Earth Charter values?"
Reeve Memorial Union. A candidate's forum, featuring the 54th State Assembly District candidates. Invited are Gregg Underheim (Republican); Gordon Hintz (Democrat); Tony Palmeri (Green); and Dan Carpenter (Independent).
- 2:30 p.m. "Intelligence and the War in Iraq: What is the truth about why we invaded
presented by Ray McGovern, Reeve Union Room 214. Ray McGovern's 27-year career as a CIA analyst spanned administrations from John F. Kennedy to George H.W. Bush. Ray's duties at the CIA included chairing the National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President's Daily Brief (PDB). In January 2003 it became clear to Ray that the intelligence community was no longer telling the truth. This led him to speak out about the corruption on numerous TV and radio shows, as well as several documentaries, notably, "Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War" (Robert Greenwald) and "Break the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror." (John Pilger) Ray is no co-director of the Servant Leadership School, a not-for-profi t organization based in Washington, DC. Sponsored by the Campus Greens.
- 8 p.m. Earth Charter Benefit Concert.
Visit www.uwosh.edu/earthcharter for details. (postponed)
Saturday, Oct. 9
- The Earth Charter Water Extravaganza
- 9-11 a.m. Workshop on Citizen-based Monitoring in the Fox/Wolf Watershed,
Nicolet Room, River Center. Workshop facilitated by Michael Lizotte.
- 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fun on the Fox: Riverside,
UW Oshkosh Campus (look for the giant fish!) Free activities along the Fox River for water enthusiasts and explorers of all ages. Experience introductory kayaking with the Optimist Paddle Center, fishing, earth science for kids, water bugs, plant pressing, demonstrations, food, entertainment, solar system walk, performer Bob Kann, and much more!
- 11 a.m. Earth Charter Community Summits Global Uplink
- Noon Closing Luncheon and Reception.
Reeve Memorial Union. A special recognition luncheon, featuring Katherine Rill, donor of 8600 herbarium specimens to the Biology Department and a kickoff event for the Aquatic Research Facility development. Reservations are not required. Sponsored by the UWO Foundation.
- Reservations are not required. All events are free and open to the public.
- "Free Parking all week in lots 15 and 32 (M-F 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) and 15, 32, and 34 (M-F after 5:00 p.m.). All lots may be used at the weekend. Please respect rules for handicapped and metered slots at all times."