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Maryville College hosting Earth-conscious event
Panel to discuss pollution, global economy as finale of conversation series

With Earth Day quickly approaching, the Community Conversations Committee at Maryville College invites the public to converse with a panel of experts on issues of “Pollution, Growth and the Global Economy.”

The discussion, the third and final event in the College’s Spring 2004 Community Conversations Series, will be held at 3 p.m., April 21, in the college’s Center for Campus Ministry. Admission is free.

Expert panelists on hand for the event include Bill Baxter of TVA’s board of directors; Jim Clinton, director of the Southern Growth Policies Board; Dan Klingensmith, assistant professor of history at the college; Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy; and Liz Fishburn, a Maryville College junior who’s majoring in environmental studies.

Dave Powell, senior instructor of English at the College, will moderate the discussion.

According to Dr. Crystal Wright, a Maryville College professor and member of the Community Conversations Committee, the discussion will provide an opportunity for students and community members to learn more about the complex issues of environmentalism in a global context.

“Environmental protection in an increasingly global economy is an issue that runs much deeper than the surface labels of ‘environmentalist’ and ‘capitalist,’” Wright said. “We believe this panel will intelligently outline the complexities of serving both the good of humanity and the good of the earth.”

Wright said she wants Community Conversations attendees to learn how they can acquire accurate information about pollution, growth and environmental issues, as well as think about the roles and responsibilities of various entities in these matters.

“But most importantly, the April 21 discussion should help individuals understand what they can do – locally, nationally and globally – with regard to these important issues.”

For more information, contact Wright at 865-981-8269.

Located in Maryville, Maryville College is ideally situated between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state’s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South.

With a focus on the liberal arts, Maryville College faculty and staff are dedicated to preparing students for life in a global community of accelerated change by providing a total learning experience. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), the college is recognized in the John Templeton Foundation’s Honor Roll for Character Building Colleges and its “Colleges that Encourage Character Development” guide. For nine of the last 10 years, it has been ranked in the top 10 of U.S. News and World Report’s listing of the best Southern liberal arts colleges.

Total enrollment for the fall 2003 semester was 1,052. More information can be found at


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