Building Better Bonds

The Sustainability Showcase Speaker Series connects research, activism, storytelling, and the SDGs, by creating a platform for the community to engage in weekly discussions highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability.

Speakers are invited to give a 45-minute talk, answer questions and interact with attendees. Showcases are at noon on most Fridays during the school year, either in-person at the HUB-Robeson Student Center on the Penn State University Park campus or virtually on Zoom.

The companion Intersections film series will explore this same theme through cinematic storytelling–documentaries, animation, even comedies!–followed by post-film discussions between audiences and experts from Penn State and around the world. Screenings will be approximately every other Wednesday at 7 p.m. both online and in-person in State College.

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Building Better Bonds | Fall 2022

In an era when COVID-19, climate change, racism, mass gun shootings, and every other systemic crisis often gets processed through a political and factional lens, and when these same challenges can leave individuals feeling paralyzed about how to act, we have become increasingly isolated, daunted by the challenges and the seeming inadequacy of individual action.

Building Better Bonds will highlight innovative leaders and groups building bonds in their communities, using them as examples of how we can overcome and begin, one individual at a time, building resilient communities that resolve our dividedness and intentionally seek collective and collaborative action.

Guggenheim Fellow and Performance Artist

Sarah Cameron Sunde

Friday, September 9 @ Noon
Sea Rise on Vulnerable Populations; a preview
of A Durational Performance with the Sea

Watch Sarah’s Showcase

Author, Poet, and
co-founder of Alticultura

Rachael Shenyo

Friday, September 16 @ Noon
Alticultura: Stories of Climate Change Adaptation in the Altiplano

WATCH Rachel’s Showcase

Professor and Director of the Center for Global Workers’ Rights

Mark Anner

Friday, September 23 @ Noon
Labor Control and Worker Resistance in Global Supply Chains

Watch Mark’s Showcase

Award-winning Climate Change
Storytelling Project

Dear Tomorrow

Friday, September 30 @ Noon
Telling your Climate Story

Watch Jill & Nellie here!

Director, Filmmaker
and Digital Storyteller

Deidra Peaches

Composer of beat-driven contemporary classical music

Judd Greenstein

Friday, October 14 @ Noon
A Marvelous Order” an Opera that humanizes the struggle between power and protest

Hosted in collaboration with the world premiere of A Marvelous Order on October 20th

Author, Activist, Youth Educator,
and Yes Man collaborator

Gitz Crazyboy

Watch Gitz Here!

Food scientist and founder of Wheyward Spirits

Emily Darchuk

Friday, October 28 @ Noon
Wheyward Spirits: an alcoholic spirit that’s helping prevent food waste

Watch Emily Here!

The 2022-23 Sustainability Showcase Series would not have been possible without the generous support of the University Park Student Fee Board.

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