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Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice around the Climate Crisis

Spring 2018 Climate Change Series

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The UMass Amherst Libraries host the spring series of interactive climate change events which run from Tuesday, January 30 through April 19, 2018.

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.


Sustainability Slammer

Tuesday, 1/30, 10 A.M.-3 P.M. Student Union, Cape Cod Lounge

Stop by the Talking Truth booth at this information fair for campus sustainability groups.


Interactive, Creative Responses to Climate Change

Wednesdays, 1/31-3/7, 2:30-4 P.M.,Goodell 406A

Reflective writing, art-making, and sharing. A collaboration with Paperbark Literary Magazine. Event begins at 3 P.M.; arrive at 2:30 P.M. for quiet contemplation and check-in.


Deeper Dive Workshops

Thursdays, 7-9 P.M., W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Room 2601


3/22: Climate Leadership: Starting with Your Story

Why do you care about climate change? Learn how to discover and communicate your unique story in a compelling way for different audiences. Facilitated by Lauren de la Parra, Climate Reality Leadership Corps trainee (Pittsburgh 2017) and UMass graduate student in Sustainability Science.


4/5: Finding Your Life Purpose: Career Workshop

Reflective writing, group discussion, and practical steps to support career exploration. Led by contemplative career coach and mindfulness teacher Jennifer Earls, M.Ed., Dance with Life Consulting.


4/19: The Work That Reconnects: Practices Connected to Earth and Community

Engage your love for the Earth with a variety of practices. WTR builds community and connectivity, reminding us of our core mission. Starting in the 1970s, these practices have spread around the world, shifting how people perceive and address climate change–helping us move from our intellect to our hearts. Facilitated by Bela Schultz, trained facilitator and UMass BDIC student with a concentration in Environmental Psychology.


Green Building Tour

Thursday, 4/5, 4-5:30 P.M., Meet at Crotty Hall

Get the inside stories of Crotty Hall, the new Design Building; renovated Old Chapel; South College addition; Integrative Learning Center; and others. Led by Ludmilla Pavlova, Senior Campus Planner.

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 Literary 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.