Fans of Sandra Steingraber’s writing in Orion and elsewhere are in luck—Sandra will speak twice this week, and on both coasts.
If you’re in New England, consider heading to Connecticut College on October 18, where Sandra will give a public lecture commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. The lecture is part of a series of events hosted by the College, during which material from the Lear Center’s Rachel Carson Collection will be on view, including Carson’s plans for a book on the overuse of pesticides, and records of the response to Silent Spring by the federal government, the pesticide industry, and the general public.
Also on hand will be Rachel Carson’s biographer, Linda Lear, who makes an appearance in Sandra’s remarkable essay in the September/October 2012 issue of Orion.
And on Sunday, October 21, Steingraber will address the annual Bioneers Conference, in San Rafael, California. Now in its twenty-third year, the Bioneers Conference has served as fertile ground for conversation about how humans might live restoratively on earth; this year, in a talk named for one of her recent columns in Orion, “The Whole Fracking Enchilada,” Sandra will explore the threats to climate and public health from extreme energy extraction.
“I’ll be covering the whole life cycle of fracking, from sand mining to waste disposal,” she says. “The complete catastrophe.”
Not on the west coast? The Bioneers Conference is also celebrated in regional gatherings around the country, some of which host satellite feeds of select speakers. Here’s the full list of locations.