Silent Spring: The Legacy of Beatrix Potter and Rachel Carson

Posted on 4/4/2011 12:48:56 PM

Recognize Earth Day by attending a lecture by Dr. Maureen McHugh on April 20, 2011, at 3:45 p.m. in 201 Stabley Library. Refreshments and attendance vouchers will be available.


In celebration of Earth Day, Dr. McHugh examines the lessons about science, nature, and the environment we can take from the lives and writing of Beatrix Potter, author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and Rachel Carson, the foremother of the environmental movement.

The presentation will include a short biography of each of these accomplished women and an analysis of how gender influenced their connection to nature and to science. Like Carson’s Silent Spring, the presentation calls the audience to take action to preserve the earth and to ensure a healthy future.

This lecture is sponsored by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, IUP Libraries, Women’s Studies, and E.C.O. student association. For more information, contact Theresa McDevitt at