Monday, April 24, 2006

Every Day is Earth Day at RUFNKM

A couple of weeks ago, Jay, Super Ocean Lad and I were walking (S.O.L. was really sort of sloshing, I guess) down the Wyman Park path with our canine amigos, when a strange, middle aged woman emerged from the woods with a bucket of trash. She was cleaning up the park. Good for her.

What was not so good was when she self righteously declared that we should be cleaning too, because we were obviously park users. After all it was Clean Up the Park Day, as ordained by some local non-profit or other. Of course she didn't know that we, like many dedicated park users spend time cleaning up the park daily, and her once-a-year kind of environmentalism, while sort of admirable, was not the only way to be a steward of Baltimore's filthy natural resources. We held our tongues, and even helped out a little, but came away from the incident feeling pissed off that some Roland Park yuppie (maybe she was from Stone Hill?) felt like she could talk to us that way.

Anyway, that was just a lead-in to plug this talk on Friday by a former professor of mine. (He's still a professor, I'm just not his student). Dr. Paolisso is an ethnographer and applied anthropologist who has worked on Chesapeake Bay problems for years. He's a very smart guy, and I'm sure his talk will be great. I won't be there, because I will instead be in Puerto Rico for the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Poor me. The info is below.

University of Maryland Baltimore County
Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education
Spring 2006 Seminar Series
Dr. Michael Paolisso
Department of Anthropology
University of Maryland, College Park
"Urbanization and Chesapeake Bay Environmentalism"
Friday, April 28, 2006
2:00 PM
Location: UMBC, Technology Research Center, Room 206
Driveway entrance is near Poplar Avenue and Shelbourne Road,
Building 38 on the UMBC map. Driving directions can be found at
This seminar series is free and open to the public.

***Parking policy***

Parking passes for off-campus guests in the TRC lot are required at the cost of
$4.00 per car. Parking passes may be picked up and paid for (cash only) before
seminar by stopping by the CUERE office in TRC 102 /105 and seeing a staff member.

Please contact us at 410-455-1763 with any questions regarding logistics.

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