2017-2018

A Plastic Ocean: 11:30 AM, Sunday, January 21, 2018, The Moviehouse, Millerton, NY
Event Date : 01/21/2018
In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre our researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.

  • Producer Jo Ruxton joined an expedition to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Gyre, 1500 miles off the coast of San Francisco, to ascertain its impact. When the expedition discovered free-floating microplastics instead of an anticipated solid mass that could be contained, Jo knew she had to begin the film that would become A Plastic Ocean.
  • Jo had worked for the WWF International in Hong Kong and partnered with director and journalist Craig Leeson. Their first collaboration was on a documentary about endangered Pink Dolphins in Hong Kong.
  • Jo and Craig brought on Dr. Lindsay Porter, an expert in cetaceans (whales and dolphins).
  • Together they contacted the world’s experts to see what was known about plastic pollution in the gyres.
  • The team expanded to include Dr. Bonnie Monteleone who had already found microplastic in other gyres she had investigated. She joined the expedition to the South Pacific gyre.
  • With new information emerging about the extent of the issue in each of the Ocean gyres, free diving champion Tanya Streeter joined the team. Together they set off on what would be a four-year global odyssey to explore the issue of plastics in our oceans and its effect on marine ecosystems and human health, including endocrine disruption.
 


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MARTIN SMITH on "Proxy Wars in the Middle East: Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the US" -- 7:30 PM, Friday, December 1, 2017, The Salisbury School
Event Date : 12/01/2017

In his 31 years producing for PBS FRONTLINE, Martin Smith has covered the world: from revolution in Central America and the fall of communism in Russia, to the rise of Al Qaeda and the war in Iraq.


Smith has produced many hours of programming for FRONTLINE, including: Hunting bin Laden (1999); the four-hour series Drug Wars (2000); and three documentaries looking at the roots of 9/11 – Looking for Answers (2001), Saudi Time Bomb? (2001), and In Search of Al Qaeda  (2002). Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Smith has produced four films on Iraq for FRONTLINE: Gangs of Iraq (2007), Private Warriors (2005), Beyond Baghdad (2004) and Truth, War and Consequences (2003).


In 2014 Smith chronicled The Rise of ISIS and in 2015 the war in Syria with Inside Assad’s Syria. In 2016, Smith finished work on a two-hour film, Confronting ISIS, about the Obama administration’s attempts to defeat the group. Smith has won every major award in television including two duPont Columbia Gold Batons and eight Emmys. He is also a three-time recipient of the George Polk Award for Investigative journalism. In 2014, Smith received the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism from Columbia University.




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AKHIL REED AMAR on "The Constitution Today" -- 7:30 PM, Friday, October 27, 2017, Salisbury School
Event Date : 10/27/2017
For the perhaps the first time since 1864, all four major federal institutions of power were in play in the last election.   When the two national conventions met last summer, Democrats had a real chance to win control of the House, Senate, Presidency, and Supreme Court.  Instead, the Republicans swept the field and now control all four institutions, even though Donald Trump lost the (legally irrelevant) national popular presidential vote. 


In this talk, based in part on his recently released book, The Constitution Today, Yale Law Professor Akhil Reed Amar will discuss the constitutional significance of various modern cases and controversies — from gun control to gay rights, from the electoral college to campaign finance to filibuster reform, from impeachment to presidential succession — and  will discuss the American constitutional project more generally. Come prepared to ask any question you like about America’s constitutional system — past, present, and future


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STEVE COLL on "Journalism in the Age of Trump" -- 7:30 PM, Friday, September 22, 2017, The Hotchkiss School
Event Date : 09/22/2017
Steve Coll, Dean of Columbia Journalism School, Author of Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, and a regular contributor to the New Yorker magazine.


Steve Coll is the author of seven books of nonfiction, and a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Between 1985 and 2005, he was a reporter, foreign correspondent and senior editor at the Washington Post. There he covered Wall Street, served as the paper’s South Asia correspondent in New Delhi, and was the Post’s first international investigative correspondent, based in London. He served as managing editor of the Post between 1998 and 2004. The following year, he joined The New Yorker, where he has written on international politics, American politics and national security, intelligence controversies and the media. 


Coll is the author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, published in 2004, for which he received an Overseas Press Club Award and a Pulitzer Prize.  His most recent book on ExxonMobil won the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Award as the best business book of 2012. 


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