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.