Environmental concerns the topic of MC's final Community Conversations discussion forum

April 7, 2004
David Rasnake, Communications Assistant

With Earth Day quickly approaching, the Community Conversations Committee at Maryville College invites the public to converse with a panel of experts on issues of “Pollution, Growth and the Global Economy.”

The discussion, the third and final event in the College’s Spring 2004 Community Conversations Series, will be held at 3 p.m., April 21 in the College’s Center for Campus Ministry. Admission is free.

Expert panelists on hand at for the event include Bill Baxter of TVA’s board of directors; Jim Clinton, director of the Southern Growth Policies Board; Dan Klingensmith, assistant professor of history at the College; Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy; and Liz Fishburn, a Maryville College junior who’s majoring in environmental studies.

Dave Powell, senior instructor of English at the College, will moderate the discussion.

According to Dr. Crystal Wright, a Maryville College professor and member of the Community Conversations Committee, the discussion will provide an opportunity for students and community members to learn more about the complex issues of environmentalism in a global context.

“Environmental protection in an increasingly global economy is an issue that runs much deeper than the surface labels of ‘environmentalist’ and ‘capitalist,’” Wright said. “We believe this panel will intelligently outline the complexities of serving both the good of humanity and the good of the earth.”

Wright said she wants Community Conversations attendees to learn how they can acquire accurate information about pollution, growth and environmental issues, as well as think about the roles and responsibilities of various entities in these matters.

“But most importantly, the April 21 discussion should help individuals understand what they can do – locally, nationally and globally – with regard to these important issues.”

For more information, contact Wright at 865.981.8269.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester is 1,168.