A Sense of Wonder: The National Rachel Carson Jubilee and Civic Colloquium Program

We will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s historic arrival on the American environmental and literary scene with her beloved first book, Under the Sea-Wind. Hear and meet leading authors, environmental leaders, and members of Congress at the Rachel Carson Council’s all-day event on Wednesday, November 30, on Capitol Hill. Click here for map and directions

Thanks to generous donors to the Rachel Carson Council, “A Sense of Wonder: A National Rachel Carson Jubilee and Civic Colloquium,” is entirely free including breakfast, a luncheon speech by award-winning author and advocate Sandra Steingraber, an authors’ book signing, and our gala evening reception at the Top of the Hill Conference Center, directly across from the U.S. Capitol.

Wednesday, November 30

8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:50 am Welcome: Senator-elect Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), “The Relevance of Rachel Carson Today.”

9:15 am President’s Welcome: Robert K. Musil, President & CEO, The Rachel Carson Council, “What Would Rachel Carson Do?”

9:30 am Celebrating Rachel Carson, the Writer, the Person, the Advocate
Mark Madison, historian, National Conservation Training Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service; Bob Musil, Rachel Carson and Her Sisters.

10:15 am Rachel Carson and Ending the Nuclear Age
Kristen Iversen, Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats; Linda Pentz Gunter, Beyond Nuclear; John Tierney, Executive Director, Council for a Livable World

11:30 am A Sense of Wonder: Introducing Imagination, Wonder and Science in Nature
Deborah Cramer, The Narrow Edge; Susan Cohen, Coming of Age; Melanie Choukas-Bradley, A Year in Rock Creek Park; Bob Musil, Washington in Spring.

12:45 – 1:45 pm Lunch Keynote: “The Courage of Rachel Carson and What We Must Do
Sandra Steingraber, Living Downstream.

2:00 pm Factory Farms, Justice and the Environment
Sacoby Wilson, University of Maryland School of Public Health; Mae Wu, NRDC; Amanda Witt, GAP; Chandra Taylor, Southern Environmental Law Center; Devon Hall, Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help.

3:15 pm Rachel Carson’s Legacy: An Environmental Agenda for the Future
Sandra Steingraber; Gene Karpinski, President, League of Conservation Voters; Carol Werner, Executive Director, Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI); Bob Musil, Rachel Carson Council.

5 – 5:20 pm Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

5:30 – 6:15 pm Authors’ book sale and signing

6:30 pm Reception (Atrium, first floor)

7:00 pm Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), “Rachel Carson Today”