Concern for the environment takes many forms
You may have heard about Rep. Jim Ott's talk on global warming titled "How Much of Global Warming is Hot Air," held in Fond du Lac and sponsored by the local Republican Party.
There's another opportunity to hear interesting speakers on the larger topic of the environment. The Edgerton Book & Film Festival, held October 13 and 14, 2007, has the theme "Responsible stewardship of the global and local community."
The keynote speaker is Madison's Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of "Deep End of the Ocean" and many other bestsellers.
She's followed by Dr. Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, Scientific American columnist and author of "Why People Believe Weird Things" and other titles, speaking on the topic "The Flipping Point: The Conversion of a Global Warming Skeptic."
Next is Jon Waterman, author of "Where the Mountains are Nameless" and the creator of an upcoming National Geographic Society Channel documentary on the effects of global warming in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge. He will speak on "Global Warming: Oil Versus Wilderness & Climate Change in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge."
This year's recipient of the Sterling North Award for Excellence in Children's Literature is Wisconsin's distinguished Ben Logan, author of the classic book "The Land Remembers". Logan will speak as part of a panel with other Wisconsin naturalists.
The spiritual side of the natural world will be addressed by author Dr. Vigen Guroian, a theologian and author of "The Fragrance of God: Reflections on Finding God through the Beauty and Glory of the Natural World" and other books. Another speaker will be Dr. Russ Veitch, author of the classic college textbook "Environmental Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Perspective." There are many other authors on less environmentally-focused topics, too.
Sunday features several films, including Waterman's "Where the Mountains are Nameless", "Who Killed the Electric Car" and "An Inconvenient Truth." There's also two tracks of kid's films, plus the indie film winners of the Film Festival.
The festival is free. Speakers spend time autographing books. Audiences are small and intimate, so you may get a chance to shake hands and ask questions. There's another hall full of dozens of other local Wisconsin authors selling and signing their works as well. See the link below for the festival web site.
Edgerton is just off I-94 north of Janesville (exit at Newville where you cross the Rock River / Lake Koshkonong). It's 90 minutes from downtown Milwaukee (94 to 26 to N west), or less than 40 minutes from Madison or Beloit.