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Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice around the Climate Crisis

TalkingTruth 2017

The UMass Amherst Libraries host a series of interactive climate change events which
run from September 11, 2017 through November 27, 2017. The theme of the fall 2017 Talking Truth series is “Our Campus, Our Home.”

The multi-event series, now in its third year, is organized by Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice around the Climate Crisis, a collaborative community comprised of UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff working together to integrate the intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions of climate change. All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, please arrive early.


Hearts in Action: Creative Responses to Climate Change
Mondays, 9/11-11/27, 4-5 p.m., Science and Engineering Library, Lederle Lowrise

Join this weekly collaboration between Talking Truth and Paperbark Magazine (a new UMass Amherst environmental-humanities publication). The sessions include art-making, readings, reflective writing, discussion, contemplative exercises and more.

Author Talk: Ellen Meeropol reads from her latest novel Kinship of Clover
Thursday, 9/28, 7-9 p.m., Science and Engineering Library, Lederle Lowrise

Local author Ellen Meeropol G’89 graduated from the Nursing program at UMass Amherst. With deep activist roots she draws from her twin passions of medicine and social justice in this novel. Her characters come to life at the intersection of political turmoil, ethical dilemmas, and family life. Meeropol is the author of two other novels, On Hurricane Island (2015) and House Arrest (2011). On Hurricane Island was named a Massachusetts Must-Read Book for 2016 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Copies of Kinship of Clover will be available for sale and signing.

Guided Nature Experience with Lauren Healey ’19 and Thomas Jiang ’18 of the UMass Outing Club
Friday, 9/29, 12-1 p.m., Meet outside the Durfee Conservatory in the grove of beech trees, 210 Stockbridge Rd.  

Basic plant identification will help build an appreciation for natural spaces, followed by a guided meditation to explore how environmental action can fit best into your life.

Green Building Tours with Ludmilla Pavlova, Senior Campus Planner
Thursdays 9/14 and 10/5, 4-5:30 p.m., Meet in the lobby of the Du Bois Library

Get the inside stories of the new Design Building, renovated Old Chapel, South College addition, Integrative Learning Center, and others.


For more information, contact Madeleine Charney, 413-577-0784 or visit: and

Talking Truth is co-sponsored by the Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning, Paperbark Magazine, Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, and UMass Amherst Libraries.

Talking Truth is endorsed by the following UMass Amherst entities: Biostead Initiative, Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, Climateers, Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group, Eco-Rep Program, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Spiritual Ecology and Regenerative Systems Initiative.