SUNY Canton Part of Focus the Nation Event

Several SUNY Canton professors will be presenting Teach-Ins to help develop a better understanding of the problems and solutions for climate change, as part of the national call-to-action “Focus the Nation.”

More than 1,300 colleges from across the country, including all four Associated Colleges of the North Country (SUNY Canton, Clarkson University, SUNY Potsdam, and St. Lawrence University), will be participating in this event.

Teach-ins developed in the 1960s as a form of protest. At SUNY Canton, they will be used as a way to broaden points of view and develop solutions to rising environmental problems.

The complete schedule of “Focus the Nation” events is as follows:

  • To begin the three-day event, there will be a screening of the Focus the Nation Webcast featuring Actor Edward Norton at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Kingston Theater.
  • The first teach-in, entitled “Global Warming: Habitat Destruction and Technological Solutions,” will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in Nevaldine North Lecture Room 102. Veterinary Services Management Program Director Dr. Sophia C. Theodore, Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems Program Director Michael Newtown and Assistant Professor Matthew Bullwinkle will be presenting and moderating this event.
  • The second teach-in, “Climate Change: Psychology and Morals,” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, in Payson Lecture Hall Room 219. This teach-in will be presented and moderated by Assistant Professor of Psychology Joan Poulsen and Assistant Professor of Humanities Matthew Burnett.
  • Focus the Nation will culminate with a community forum on Friday, February 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. in Gulick Theatre at St. Lawrence University. The community forum will bring together the participants of the Teach-Ins, to share reports on discussions, pose questions, and propose possible actions.

All events are free and open to the public.

Detailed schedules are also available on each of the participating colleges’ websites.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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