Making a difference…
Starts with Antioch University Santa Barbara. Our strong focus on social responsibility helps graduates create meaningful careers. And our quarterly public film and discussion series at AUSB’s new downtown campus provides a forum for the community to learn more about contemporary social, educational, and environmental issues.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Dr. Dawn Osborn, Marine Biologist, will discuss current events affecting rainforest ecology around the world. She will share information from her recent trip to the Cloud Forests in Monte Verde in Costa Rica. You will learn what you can do to advocate for the health of our rainforests, which provide 28% of oxygen for the planet.
"Can Tropical Rainforests Be Saved?"
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Written, directed and produced by Robert Richter, documentary presents a global examination of this critical question. Filmed in a dozen rainforested countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, this film focuses on the human and economic dimensions. Included are tribal people, new settlers, squatters, farmers, loggers, government, industry and environmental leaders.
Nothing Like Chocolate
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Local filmmaker Kum Kum Bhavnani will be on hand to discuss her film. Deep in the rainforests of Grenada, anarchist chocolatier Mott Green seeks solutions to the problems of a ravaged global chocolate industry. Solar power, employee shareholding and small-scale antique equipment turn out delicious chocolate in the hamlet of Hermitage, Grenada. Finding hope in an industry entrenched in enslaved child labor, irresponsible corporate greed, and tasteless, synthetic products, Nothing like Chocolate reveals the compelling story of the relentless Mott Green, founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company (GCC).
Forks Over Knives
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal—based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under—appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Dr. Campbell, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University, and Dr. Esselstyn, a top surgeon at the world—renowned Cleveland Clinic, found that many of the diseases that are routinely treated are virtually unknown in parts of the world where animal—based foods are rarely consumed.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Come and discuss the book The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan. Pollan explores the question, "What should we have for dinner?" The omnivore’s dilemma has returned with a vengeance, as the cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet confronts us with a bewildering and treacherous food landscape. What’s at stake in our eating choices is not only our own and our children’s health, but the health of the environment that sustains life on earth.