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USM To Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Publication of “Silent Spring”

In 1962, Rachel Carson published her groundbreaking book, “Silent Spring,” the book credited with launching the environmental movement. This April, the University of Southern Maine Department of Environmental Science will present a series of events celebrating Carson’s strong ties to Maine and her impact on contemporary society.

The first talk, “Rachel Carson in My Life: Memories and Meaning,” by USM’s Martha Freeman will take place at 5:30 p.m., Monday April 16, in the Wishcamper Center, Portland. Freeman is the author of the book, “Always Rachel: The Letters of Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman, 1952-1964,” which presents a collection of letters exchanged between Carson and her Maine summer neighbor Dorothy Freeman, who was Martha’s grandmother. This event is free and open to the public.

A free panel discussion highlighting the influence of Rachel Carson on the lives of Maine’s current women environmental leaders will take place at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 19 in USM’s Hannaford Lecture Hall, Portland. Panelists include: Pattie Aho, commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection; Michele Dionne, research director, Wells National Estuarine Preserve; Melissa Welsh Innes, Maine State Representative (D-Yarmouth); Lisa Pohlmann, executive director, Natural Resources Council of Maine; and Amanda Sears, associate director, Environmental Health Strategy Center.

For more information, see Rachel Carson: A Life in Perspective or 207-228-8450.