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Wayne State College Earth Day Celebration to Feature the Film, "King Corn"

[updated 4-11-2008]


WAYNE, Neb. – The Wayne State College Earth Day celebration April 21-23 will feature presentations and panel discussions; a special screening of the documentary film, “King Corn,” hosted by Traci Bruckner of the Center for Rural Affairs; and a cookout, Fun Run, live music, and a Trash Pick-Up for Donuts event.


Wayne State professors Todd Young and Paul Carr will present a science show at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center; Professor JV Brummels will read poetry from his upcoming book, Book of Grass, at 2 p.m. in the Humanities Building Lounge; and Professor William Slaymaker will lead a Brown Bag lunch presentation titled “Global Warming and the Singers of Doom,” at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Center on April 22.


The event will also include a panel discussion on the topic of community-supported agriculture with Professor Meenakshi Dalal and representatives from the Center for Rural Affairs and the UNL Haskell Agriculture Lab speaking at 3:30 p.m. in the Niobrara Room of the Stuydent Center, and the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues: Bruce Babbitt Lecture, “Nebraska’s Water Future: Feast or Famine,” which will be simulcast to WSC from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at 7 p.m. April 22 in Connell Hall Room 131.


“King Corn,” which will be screened at 7:30 p.m. April 21 in Gardner Auditorium, is a current documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the crop that drives our fast-food nation. In “King Corn,” Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, nitrogen fertilizers and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop. But when they try to follow their crop into the food system, what they find raises questions about how we eat as well as how we farm.


“King Corn” has been described by The Washington Post as “required viewing by anyone planning to visit a supermarket…,” and by The Austin Chronicle “as relevant as “Super Size Me” and as important as ‘An Inconvenient Truth’.” Wayne State’s screening is free and open to the public.


Bruce Babbitt, the E. N. Thompson lecturer, has a long history of working on environmental issues and resource management. He was appointed Secretary of the Interior under President Clinton and held that position until January 2001. Previous to his service as Secretary of the Interior he served as governor of Arizona from 1978 to 1987.


The Fun Run will be at 5:30 p.m. April 22 on the Wayne Bike Trail. Please meet at the WSC Student Center. The cookout, games and live music will be at 6 p.m. April 22 in the Willow Bowl. The final day of WSC’s Earth Day celebration will feature a trash pick-up event at 11 a.m. that begins in front of the Conn Library.


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