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Tim Flannery
Climate Change 101

Wednesday, June 21
MDC Wolfson
Room 2106,
1-3 pm
Awarding 1.5 hours of Professional Development for faculty

Scientist Tim Flannery, director of the South Australian Museum, will give a brief history of climate from the last ice age and will clarify current and future conditions of climate change. Flannery, an Australian biologist, paleontologist and author, who says he had been skeptical of theories of global warming in the past, will look at the history of Earth's weather to compare it to the climate changes we are observing today that are linked to carbon dioxide emissions as well as those being modeled by computers for tomorrow. He will point out the differences, link current climate change to green house gas emissions, and help us reflect on the consequences. In addition he will call on us to begin to reformulate how we operate in our personal lives, our professions and in how we educate in our specific disciplines. 


Interview with Tim Flannery on NPR Fresh Air:

John Seed
Reconnecting to Earth

Overcoming Obstacles to Action

In the Classroom
Monday, May 14 - Wolfson Campus
Tuesday, May 15 - Kendall Campus
Wednesday, May 16 - North Campus

A Workshop for MDC Faculty, Staff
Tuesday, May 15, 2006
1:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Fairchild Tropical Garden

Awarding 6.5 hours of Professional Development for faculty

In this workshop, we will share processes that teach us how to recognize the current plight of the natural world as well as the personal despair created by understanding that plight. In addition, we will explore the social conditioning that keeps us from realizing that humans are deeply embedded in the natural world systems and that these systems are global and interconnected. We will learn that the result of recognizing the place of the humans in the natural world allows us to develop empowerment exercises to turn despair into action within our disciplines, vocations and professions. As we experience these processes as a group, we will develop a deepening sense of community which will also empower us.

Robin Hill

Child of the Sun
A Slide Show of Frank Lloyd Wright 's
Florida Southern College

"Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to Nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which Nature has used in its domain."

"Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun."
                                  -Frank Lloyd Wright

Thursday, April 27, 2006
MDC Wolfson Campus 7 p.m.,
Room 7128

cosponsored by
The Architecture Club -AIA Miami

Pfeiffer Chapel

Danforth Chapel
Photos by Robin Hill


Earth Ethics Institute at MDC,
Arts and Philosophy Department and
Women's History Month Committee

Invite you to attend

Alison Nordström

Mother Nature: Women Photographers and Environmental Thought

Thursday, March 30, 2006
MDC Wolfson Campus
Center Gallery - 7 p.m.

Photo Challenge Grant 2006

Alison Nordstrom is Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House, the oldest and largest museum of photography in the United States.


Jennifer Monson

Contemporary Dance meets Environmental Activism


Monday, March 20, 2006 - Advanced Jazz Dance Class
with Professor Diane Brownholtz - Wolfson Campus

Earth Ethics Institute and
Women's History Month Committee

Invite you to attend

Katy Sorenson

Pursue Your Professional Passion
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
MDC North Campus 11 a.m.
MJ Taylor Lounge

Making Difficult Decisions Today
that Positively Impact Tomorrow

Wednesday, March 22
MDC Kendall Campus 11 a.m.

Katy Sorenson is Miami-Dade County Commissioner representing District 8 since 1994

In Celebration of Women's History Month

Women's Bodies,
Women's Wisdom Lunch

Your Diet, Your Health
Dr. Northrup’s 10–step program emphasizes that eating healthy, high quality food — with dessert thrown in now and then — is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to create health on a daily basis.

Christiane Northrup, M.D, obstetrician/gynecologist, is an empowering, internationally known visionary in women’s health and wellness. As a practicing physician for over twenty years and former assistant clinical professor of ob/gyn at Maine Medical Center, Dr. Northrup is a leading proponent of medicine and healing that acknowledge the unity of the mind and body, as well as the powerful role of the human spirit in creating health.

Wednesday, March 8,  MDC Wolfson Campus, Room 2106-12 noon till 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 23, MDC InterAmerican Campus, Room 3103 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.

rsvp: Janie 305-237-7119 or

Sponsored by Earth Ethics Institute and Student Life


Environmental Photojournalism
a lecture and slide presentation by
Tim Chapman

Miami Herald Photographer - Friday, February 17, 2006
MDC Wolfson Campus - 11 am in Room 3305

Photo Challenge Grant 2006

Tropical Green: Green Building in Tropical Zones
A two-day conference exploring how to build sustainably in Miami,
South Florida, and similar climates

Organized by
Earth Ethics Institute * Architecture Club - AIA Miami
US Green Building Council South Florida Chapter  * American Society of Interior Designers
Florida Chapter of The American Planning Association * Metropolis Magazine
Zyscovich Inc.

Speakers Include

William McDonough             Rick Fedrizzi                       Greg Kiss                            Katy Sorenson

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk        Guy Battle                            Michael Singer                   Bernadette Hutton
Ken Yeang                          Kim Shinn                          Sheila Rose                          Robert Kobet

Thursday and Friday, February 9, 10, 2006
Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Ave, Downtown Miami

This conference is free to MDC employees.

Approved for 18 hours of Professional Development Credit
for all MDC Faculty - Conference Objectives, CTD Registration #365545.
and Information about Metropolis Free Registration for MDC Employees

CTD REGISTRATION Reference #365545

For more information about the conference at Metropolis website
Schedule        Speakers Biographies 


The Home Planet

A Slide Presentation Accompanied by Quotes from Members of the Association of Space Explorers, a Multi-national Group of Astronauts and Cosmonauts.

Reflection and Discussion Facilitated by  
Miriam MacGillis

Tuesday, January 31, 2006
MDC Kendall Campus
12:40 p.m. in Room K-413

View spectacular images of Earth from space and hear the comments of space explorers on their experiences, their common realization of the camaraderie of all of Earth's citizens and of the fact that the Earth is fragile and too precious to be wasted. "The first day or so we all pointed to our countries. The third or fourth day we were pointing to our continents. By the fifth day we were aware of only one Earth," says a Saudi Arabian 


Dr. Padron signs the Talloires Declaration,
a ten-point action plan committing MDC to environmental literacy


Miriam MacGillis

From Stardust to South Florida: 
Remembering Who We Are

Tuesday, January 31st
MDC Kendall Campus, Room K413 beginning at 11:15 a.m.

Miriam Therese MacGillis is a Catholic Dominican Sister and Co-founder of Genesis Farm,  an Earth Literacy Center in northwestern New Jersey. Genesis Farm offers programs exploring the Universe as a new transforming context for our lives and culture. Sister Miriam is a founding member
of the Earth Ethics Institute.

This seminar is open to all who wish to attend

Please register with Janie Adams, 7-7119 or by February 1 if you are attending or bringing students.




Living Mindfully:
Lighten Your Ecological Footprint

Facilitated by
Joyce DiBenedetto-Colton







Joyce DiBenedetto-Colton 

Monday, January 30, 2006 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
MDC Medical Campus, Room 2116

For Faculty Registration CTD Reference # 369497

On Ice

photograph exhibition
and lecture by

Diane Cook and Len Jenshel

Thursday, January 19, 2006
Center Gallery - 7 p.m.

Exhibit Opening -  5 p.m.
January 19 - March 17, 2006
Francis Wolfson Gallery,
MDC Wolfson, Building 1, 5th Floor

 © Diane Cook

 © Len Jenshel

Plant a Thousand Gardens Project -
In Conjunction with Slow Food Miami and Three Sisters Farm

EEI Organic Gardens in the Community

Plant an Organic Garden at Home
Planting can begin as early as October and as late as January and harvesting will start 70-100 days after you plant and continue for 5-6 months

Purchase an 8’Ring Garden Kit including

  • Soil

  • Pre-cut trellis

  • Drip irrigation tube

  • Healthy Plants  
    The list of vegetables includes, but not limited to, broccoli, pole beans and bush beans, purple, yellow and green, various lettuces, collard and mustard greens, Genovese basil, Thia basil, tomatoes, red cherry, sungold, cherokee purple, black from tula, matts wild cherry, trophy, angora and others. we also have papaya, which can be planted now and will produce in about 7 months.

  • Fertilizer

  • Delivery- can be delivered on weekends

(All of these materials are included in the kit with price for the kit ranging from $125-$500 depending on your soil and installation requirements.)


You only need 10’ in diameter
for an 8’ Ring Garden
and harvest is usually 100 pounds
 of tomatoes, as well as herbs,
and lettuce, marigolds
 and nasturtiums.


 Chandra links pulsar to historic supernova 


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