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University of Mississippi

University of Mississippi, Earth Day Keynote: Laura Ogden

Hosted by the Environmental Studies Minor

Thursday, April 21st, 7:00-8:00 PM @ the Bondurant Auditorium

Each Green Week the Environmental Studies Minor invites a champion of environmentalism to give a keynote speech on environmental awareness and the importance of living sustainability. This year we are honored to host Dr. Laura Ogden as our Earth Day keynote speaker where she will present her lecture on:

“The Silence and Sound of Bird Song: Remembering Rachel Carson on Earth Day” – Presented by Dr. Laura Ogden

Earth Day Keynote Speaker, Dr. Laura Ogden

Dr. Ogden is a professor of anthropology at Dartmouth College who studies political ecology, environmental anthropology, and post-humanist philosophy; more specifically, she is interested in the politics of environmental change and conservation. This Green Week, she highlights the work of Rachel Carson, the acclaimed nature writer who understood that the image of a forest silenced of bird song would alert people to the dire consequences of species extinctions and environmental change.

In her lecture, “The Silence and Sound of Bird Song: Remembering Rachel Carson on Earth Day,” Dr. Ogden honors and builds upon Rachel Carson’s important contributions to environmental thought by exploring the sounds and silences of loss in the forests of the Fuegian Archipelago of southernmost Chile, where Ogden has done fieldwork on the environmental legacies of colonialism. Join us on April 21st from 7:00-8:00 PM at the Bondurant Auditorium!

How To Participate

Attend: This event is free and open to the public. All campus and community members are welcome to attend! Please contact our Green Week Coordinator, Sarah Ferguson, if you have any questions or concerns (

There are no volunteers needed for this event, but if you are interested in helping with this event or any Green Week activities, please consider joining our Sustainability “Green Team” GroupMe to learn how to get involved and support sustainability initiatives. Fill out this Google Form or contact Sarah to be added to our GroupMe.