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Rekindle Your Sense of Wonder

Published: March 28, 2012 2:45 PM

Event Dates: May 03, 2012 7:00 PM

Celebrate 50 Years of Action for The Environment on May 3 at 7 pm.

  • The Willi Unsoeld Seminar and Rachel Carson Forum Present A Sense of Wonder: A Play Based on the Life and Works of Rachel Carson on Thursday, May 3, 7 pm, in The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
  • On Wednesday, May 2, 6 p.m. The Master of Environmental Studies Student Association will present The Social, Ecological, Economic, and Political Implications of “Correct” Pesticide Use in Our Society Today, featuring a panel of policy makers, activists, biological scientists, and research scientists, also in The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center.

The Evergreen State College will present A Sense of Wonder--a play about Rachel Carson’s love for nature and her fight to defend it. The performance will take place in the Longhouse at 7 p.m.

The play, written and performed by Kaiulani Lee, has been touring the United States for over ten years. Lee has performed it at over one hundred universities, dozens of high schools, the Smithsonian Institute, the Albert Schweitzer Conference at the United Nations, the Sierra Club's Centennial in San Francisco, and at the Department of the Interior's 150th anniversary celebration.

A Sense of Wonder has played throughout the provinces of Canada, in England and Italy. In addition, Kaiulani Lee opened the 2005 World Expo in Japan and in May 2007 performed the play on Capitol Hill, bringing Miss Carson’s voice once again to the halls of Congress.

The play is brought to Evergreen by the Willi Unsoeld Seminar and the Rachel Carson Forum in recognition of the 50 year anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring and the 40th anniversary of the first academic year of The Evergreen State College. The event is free to the public, but recommended for ages 13 and up. Parking is $2.

Also on Wednesday, May 2, at 6 p.m. The Master of Environmental Studies Student Association will present The Social, Ecological, Economic, and Political Implications of “Correct” Pesticide Use in Our Society Today, featuring a panel of policy makers, activists, biological scientists, and research scientists, also in The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center.

About Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson has been called the patron saint of the environmental movement. She was a marine biologist and zoologist best known for her book Silent Spring, published in 1962, which alerted the world to the dangers of chemical pesticides and helped to launch the modern environmental movement.

A Sense of Wonder

The play is the story of one woman's love for the natural world and her fight to defend it. It is the story of the extremely private Rachel Carson thrust into the role of controversial public figure.

ACT I takes place in Miss Carson's summer home as she is preparing to leave. Fighting cancer, she fears this may well be her last visit to her beloved Maine coast.

ACT II begins two months later in the wake of the furor over her book Silent Spring. Carson is simultaneously battling the chemical industry, the government, and the press to get her message to Congress and the American people.

A Sense of Wonder has been created with the help and guidance of many of Miss Carson's friends and colleagues and with permission from the Rachel Carson estate.

About Kaiulani Lee

Kaiulani Lee brings to the writing and acting of A Sense of Wonder more than 35 years of experience in theatre, film and television. Lee has starred in over a dozen plays on and off-Broadway. She has been nominated for the Drama Desk Award on Broadway and has won the OBIE Award for outstanding achievement off-Broadway. Lee has guest-starred in numerous television series including Law & Order, The Equalizer, Tales from the Dark Side, and The Waltons. Her film credits include The Seduction of Joe Tynan, The Fan, Garp, Cujo, and Compromising Positions. She starred as Martha Ballard in the critically acclaimed PBS film A Midwife's Tale. More on Kaiulani Lee and A Sense of Wonder can be found at http://www.kaiulanilee.com/

About the Willi Unsoeld Seminar

The Willi Unsoeld Seminar Series brings to The Evergreen State College distinguished visitors who reflect the values and philosophy of Willi Unsoeld, a founding faculty member, philosopher, theologian and mountaineer. Beyond the Evergreen community, Unsoeld was well known for his first ascent of the West Ridge of Mt. Everest with Tom Hornbein, in which they made the first successful traverse of any Himalayan peak. For this feat, President John F. Kennedy presented them with the Hubbard Medal, The National Geographic Society's highest honor. The annual Willi Unsoeld Seminar is endowed as a "living memorial" in honor of Willi Unsoeld, whose spirit continues to influence and guide people every day.

About the Rachel Carson Forum

Students in the Master of Environmental Studies program at The Evergreen State College started the Rachel Carson forum in 1990. The annual celebration of author and activist Rachel Carson’s life and achievements has included speakers on climate change and local sustainability. Carson’s work embodies what MES students are training to do – make a difference. Carson is known for her groundbreaking 1962 book exposing the dangers of pesticides, “Silent Spring.” Her contributions played an integral role leading to the ban of DDT use in the United States.

Contact

Jason Wettstein Media & Community Relations Manager
The Evergreen State College
(360) 867-5213
wettstej@evergreen.edu