Dr. Musil was a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Central College in Pella, Iowa, one of the nation’s leaders in sustainability among small liberal arts colleges. Founded in 1853, Central sits amidst the Dutch heritage section of Iowa with tulip festivals, Dutch architecture and the nation’s largest functioning windmill for grain. But Central prides itself on its modern, LEED platinum-certified buildings that have solar roofs, natural light, and computer-controlled lighting, heating, and air. Central is known for its outstanding global studies curriculum and study abroad programs, as well as for strong civic engagement.
During his visit, Musil was hosted by Lyn Isaacson, Associate Dean for Global Education and Brian Campbell, the Director of Sustainability Education. He also met with Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Mary Strey. Strey, along with Central President Mark Putnam, is a strong supporter of sustainability and student environmental initiatives.
Musil convened with combined student environmental groups, the honors biology club and taught classes in Environmental Science, American Environmental History, US History of the 50s and 60s, nature and environmental literature, writing and journalism courses, non-profit management, and Christian Social Ethics.
Dr. Musil’s public campus lecture was titled “The Legacy of Rachel Carson for Today.” Following his Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow residence, Central College joined the growing Rachel Carson Council Network (RCCN).