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The Sixth Extinction: Suggested Resources

This guide will provide links to resources for faculty who wish to integrate the One Book into their classes.

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This playbook contains materials and ideas for using PVCC's 2018 One Book, The Sixth Extinction, in your classes. To navigate the playbook, use the tabs on the left.

Scheduled Events

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*Each time a student attends or signs a pledge to do one of the activities, they are entered into a drawing to win a free three-credit class.

Monday, September 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bolick Student Center, Main Campus: Meatless Monday – Sign a pledge to forgo eating meat on this day in an effort to reduce your carbon footprint.

Wednesday, September 19, noon to 1 p.m., Rm. M229: Science Club: Career Talks: Cancer Biologist & Metascientist Dr. Timothy Errington, Ph.D.

As the Manager of Metascience at the Center for Open Science, Dr. Errington studies scientific reproducibility – can scientists find the same thing as other scientists?  Why or why not?  And what makes science good, robust and trustworthy (or not)?  Dr. Errington contributed to the  Reproducibility Project:  Psychology and is currently leading the Reproducibility Project:  Cancer Biology.  He will discuss this research, his career path and characteristics of effective employees.

Monday, September 24, noon to1 p.m., Rm. M229: Birding with Professor Joanna Vondrasek

Professor Joanna Vondrasek will talk about the birds that can be seen on PVCC’s campus, the volunteer-led effort to document all the bird species that breed in Virginia, and how a changing climate and changing landscapes might affect bird populations. 15 minute talk followed by a 30 minute guided bird walk around campus. Participants will meet in room M229 and then venture outside. The first 10 minutes of the walk will be accessible via sidewalks. The remaining tour will cover more uneven terrain.

Wednesday, October 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bolick Student Center, Main Campus: PVCC Buy Nothing Day – Sign a pledge not to purchase anything. Reducing consumption reduces your carbon footprint!

Wednesday, October 10, noon to 1:30 p.m., North Mall Meeting Room, Main Campus: Climate Change Deliberative Dialogue

Deliberative Dialogue is a different way of having a controversial discussion, without a winner or loser. Dialogues seek to find a common ground between participants where people can agree. Dialogues also respectfully address differences between participants, without insult or injury. This Deliberative Dialogue will focus on climate and sustainability. We will be discussing how we should meet the challenges of a warming planet.

Monday, October 15, noon to 1 p.m., Rm. M229: Racing Extinction: Youth Movement for Climate Justice by Kibiriti Majuto

Kibiriti Majuto is a student organizer with different environmental student organizations such as Virginia Student Environmental Collection and Zero Hour. He is currently on the Earth Guardians National Council, and he worked on developing the Zero Hour’s platform for the Youth March. Kibiriti will be talking about young people’s movement towards a livable future.  

Monday, November, 5, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Mall Meeting Room, Main Campus & Giuseppe Center: College-wide Recycle Day – bring your plastic shopping bags to school for recycling!

Tuesday, November 13, 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., Rm. M229: Conserving Virginia's Native Bees by Dr. T'ai Roulston

Virginia is home to more than 300 bee species, all dependent on flowers for food and and all contributing to the valuable ecosystem service of pollination. This talk will provide a broad survey of the types of bees in Virginia, discuss the various threats and opportunities they encounter in our human dominated landscape, and explore ways in which land management at all scales can contribute to their success.