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posted May 11, 2010

go hang out with my brother and see this  – Sev

The Third Annual Rural Heritage Institute at Sterling College:
Is Local Enough? Promises and Limits of Local Action

Craftsbury Common
, VTThe third annual Rural Heritage Institute, Is Local Enough? Promises and Limits of Local Action, will be held at Sterling from June 17 to 20th. The Institute will be filled with four days of workshops, field sessions, seminar panels, roundtables, presentations, featured speakers, and hands-on experiences.

Participants will investigate the role of local knowledge in an age of globalization, explore how rural regions across the world are implicated in global issues, and will delve into the developing dialogue between local and global concerns as it applies to economy, agriculture, history, food, culture, and rural identity.

Selected Workshops and Presentations:

  • Local Sustainability and Worldwide Movements: Regional Histories, Cross-regional Debates
  • Small Farms and Agricultural Policy
  • Decentralizing Power:  Secession as a Path to Sustainability
  • Poetry, Philosophy, and Place
  • Voices from the Fields and the Barnlot
  • Telling our Stories: Getting to the Heart of What Matters Most in Communities
  • Bioregional Cosmopolitanism: Reasserting the Local, Reimagining the Global
  • Local Democracy Unbound:  A Hopeful Narrative
  • The Discovery of Place
  • True Cow Tales: The Story Behind the Book
  • Identifying the Farmer
  • Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest
  • Local Fiber, Dyeing, and Clothing
  • A Vision for Healthy Food Culture and Sustainable Farming in New England
  • Let Them Eat Local Cocoyam? Migrant Workers, Local Agriculture, and Traditional Foods
  • Traditional Folk Music in Rural Vermont

Events and Exhibits:

  • Film Showing and Discussion—Under the Cloak of Darkness
  • Photo Exhibit—The Golden Cage: Mexican Migrant Workers and Vermont Dairy Farmers Dioramas by Migrant Workers in Vermont

Each year, The Rural Heritage Institute draws participants who are passionate about solidifying the connections among community, academic scholarship, and meaningful action in the field. The intimate atmosphere of the Institute (between 50-75 participants) enables productive conversations among a broad range of practitioners, scholars, community members, and undergraduate students who share an interest in exploring the intersections of local, regional, and global issues—particularly as manifested in the rural Northeast.

For more information and to register visit the Rural Heritage Institute Blog: http://ruralheritageinstitute.blogspot.com/ or contact Pavel Cenkl at pcenkl@sterlingcollege.edu or 586-7711 ext 140.