Meet the Peacemakers: Cat Cutcher

Cat Cutcher
Soup for the Soul: Meet the Peacemakers series
Thursday, October 11, 2007, Noon-1 pm

United Campus Ministry
18 N. College St., Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

Cat Cutcher will be speaking about activism for peace and justice and reflecting on the balance between inner peace and outer/public peacemaking.

Catherine “Cat” Cutcher is originally from Columbus, Ohio and has lived in the Athens area since 1997. She has been an activist and community organizer since she was 15, and has worked on diverse issues including peace, justice, human rights, sustainable development and environmental restoration. She has worked with many local organizations, such as the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network, UCM, the Buckeye Forest Council, Rural Action, the Athens Farmers Market, and InterAct.

Currently she is a Ph.D. Student in Cultural Studies in Education at Ohio University. She also has an MA in International Affairs and African Studies from Ohio University, and a BA in Anthropology, Sociology and International Studies from Kalamazoo College. She recently received a Fulbright Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State for her dissertation research on popular education among women’s grassroots organizations in Kenya. She will be in Kenya from November 2007 through June 2008.

All students, faculty, and community are invited. Soup for the Soul’s fall 2007 theme is “Meet the Peacemakers.” Free lunch of soup and bread every Thursday!

Contact: ucmevan -at- or 740-593-7301
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Cat Cutcher on Global Warming & Mount Kilimanjaro

Global Warming and Mount Kilimanjaro
Appalachian Ohio Group Sierra Club Monthly Meeting
Thursday, October 4, 2007, 7 p.m.

Athens Community Center Rm C
701 E. State St., Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

Slide presentation and talk by Cat Cutcher, graduate student at Ohio University with OU researchers Tom Smucker and Edna Wangui on the knowledge of communities and coping capacities with regard to global warming on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. Cat is a Fulbright scholar who will go to Kenya in October to study the Green Belt Movement, a social and environmental movement for which Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Come learn about how global warming is affecting the world now. Speaker is part of the monthly meeting of the Appalachian Ohio Group Sierra Club.

Contact Loraine McCosker, friendlygardener -at- or 740-589-4070.

CFI Potluck & Permaculture

Westside Community Garden Potluck & Rebecca Wood on Permaculture
Tuesday, September 25, 6-8 p.m.

Westside Community Gardens
W State St, Athens, Ohio.

Athens Community Food Initiatives, a local non-profit, will host a potluck and workshop by Rebecca Wood on permaculture. Please bring a dish to pass and place settings. Drinks will be provided.

Rebecca Wood has been an instructor at Hocking College in the Natural Resource program for the last 17 years. In addition to teaching core field botany and ecology classes she has also developed and instructed their courses in Sustainable Development, Conservation Management, and is working on new courses in Ethnobotany, Restoration Ecology, and Permaculture. She has also integrated her passion of the natural world and her love of herbs into Hopewood Center for Wellness and Herbal Studies where she provides experiences in Understanding Nature, Growing and Using Medicinal Plants, Wild Food Fun, and Healing with Nature. These classes are represented in the Herbal Studies certificate program and Complimentary Wellness courses offered at Hocking. United Plant Savers

Contact: CFI cfi -at- or 740-593-5971.

Screening: The 11th Hour

Screening: The 11th Hour
Opens Friday, September 21, 2007, 7:10pm

Athena Theater
20 S Court St, Athens, Ohio

The 11th Hour is produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio; written and directed by LEILA CONNERS PETERSEN and NADIA CONNERS; produced by LEILA CONNERS PETERSEN, Brian Gerber, and Chuck Castleberry.

Synopsis: The 11th Hour is the last moment when change is possible. The film explores how we’ve arrived at this moment — how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course.

Featuring ongoing dialogs of experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau in addition to more than fifty leading scientists, thinkers, and leaders who discuss the most important issues that face our planet and people.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah, the environment, blah, blah, blah, melting ice caps. To judge from all the gas-guzzlers still fouling the air and the plastic bottles clogging the dumps, it appears that the news that we are killing ourselves and the world with our greed and garbage hasn’t sunk in. That s one reason The 11th Hour, an unnerving, surprisingly affecting documentary about our environmental calamity, is such essential viewing.” New York Times

Contact: 740-592-5106

The Women of Appalachia: Their Heritage and Accomplishments

The Women of Appalachia: Their Heritage and Accomplishments
Friday, October 19 & Saturday 20, 2007

Ohio University-Zanesville
1425 Newark Rd, Zanesville, Ohio

Early Bird registration for the Women of Appalachia ends tomorrow, Friday, September 21!

9/21 is also the deadline for the Young Appalachian Women Writers Competition.

Women of Appalachia Conference includes sessions, entertainment, receptions, juried art exhibit, local Appalachian artisans and craftpersons showcase, and some meals. Details found at

Sessions include:
* Devil’s Oven: The Boom to Bust Era of the Hocking Valley Coal Mining Industry (Screening)
* A Fight against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining: Female Influence on Natural Resource Policy in Appalachia
* Mitigating health disparities among Ohio Appalachians
* Mountain Mamas, Sacrifice, and Class: Appalachian Motherhood in American Visual Culture
* Radical Mothers: Women’s Activism in the Paint Creek – Cabin Creek Strike of 1912
* Roads That Take You Into Your Own Country: Finding Home Through Poetry of Place
* Uses of Medicinal Plants in Appalachia (lotions, creams & soaps)

More:Women of Appalachia Conference celebrates history and tradition,” OUtlook, 3/29/2006

Contact: Office of Continuing Education, Ohio University-Zanesville, 1425 Newark Rd, Zanesville, Ohio 43701, 740-588-1401

Dance Party for the InterActivist

Dance party to benefit InterActivist and People Might
Thursday, September 27, 2007, 10:30 PM-2 AM

Casa Nueva Cantina
4 W State St, Athens, Ohio
$3, 21 and over; $4, underage

download flyerFeaturing DJ Barticus of the famed “Dance or Die” crew, plus AK (Akil Houston: African American Studies and Film faculty member, author, Hip Hop scholar, and former house DJ for Zachary’s) spinning old school R & B, funk, and more.

InterActivist is Athens’ progressive monthly and covers women’s issues among others. Help support this free-to-all publication.

Founded in 2003 by the campus and community activist group InterAct (voted “Best Student Organization,” 2006 Athens News Readers’ Choice Awards), The InterActivist is now published by the local activist development center People Might in collaboration with InterAct, Amnesty International at OU, the Sustainable Living Organization, and Up In Arms, with additional support from the Campus Progress division of the DC-based Center for American Progress.

Facebook Members: InterActivist Readers’ Fanclub

Southeast Ohio Tree Care Conference

Annual Southeast Ohio Tree Care Conference
Thursday, September 27, 2007, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM

Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry
360 E State St, Athens, Ohio

Download flyer/registration (pdf)

This is going to be a fun day packed with programs ranging from chainsaw safety, small scale timber equipment, street tree inventories, rain gardening, Emerald Ash Borer info, plant selections, and more. This program is open to all, but especially geared toward grounds maintenance personnel and others who work around trees.

Registration deadline is 9/16. Fee includes lunch. Half of the presenters are women (yeah!).

Contact: Ann Bonner 740-589-9910 or 614-670-2630 or ann.bonner -at-