FRIDAY, JUNE 5 | 7 PM (ET) | FREE
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Join us on Zoom for a panel discussion about the small actions that can be taken to make a difference in the ecology of our region – from waters to shellfish, plastics and more. The panel will be moderated by Susan Rockefeller and will include Carl Safina of the Safina Center and author of the recently released book Becoming Wild; How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace, “Barley” John Dunne, the Director of East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery, and Nicole Delma, founder of the Amazon Plastic-Free Checkout Petition.
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Susan Rockefeller is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, artist, and conservationist. Her latest endeavor, Musings is a digital magazine that curates ideas and innovations that pave the way for a more sustainable future. As the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Musings, Susan offers a portal to vetted products and brands that are pioneers in health, environmental, and social consciousness. In addition to providing sustainable alternatives for cross-category consumption, Susan interviews thought-leaders in entrepreneurship, responsible innovation, and social impact to provide inspirational calls to action and day-to-day solutions that drive positive change. A longstanding philanthropist, Susan sits on the boards of Oceana, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, We are Family Foundation, Southampton Arts Center, and Land and Garden Preserve.
Nicole Delma is a Cause Marketing Strategist and founder of FOND Group Consulting. Her work over the last twenty years with brands including Conde Nast, J.Crew, Getty Images, and more recently with Sundance Film Festival, 4ocean, Bombas and ReSak focuses on supporting brand growth while maximizing cause-impact. Delma’s Change.org petition asking Amazon and other major retailers to offer plastic-free packaging options at checkout has gained nearly 355,000 signatures and earned backing from state legislators and from Oceana which will be launching a major international campaign in June 2020 to get Amazon to change its packaging packaging practices and offer plastic-free options as well as lift the plastic requirements on its marketplace vendors. She is also the founder of the Air, Land and Sea Environmental film category of The Hamptons Film Festival and is locally active in creating environmental projects and eco-awareness throughout the year, including the HIFF Environmental dinner and film series with Tutto il Giorno and the Surfrider Ocean-friendly Garden in Amagansett Square. Delma was previously on the board of Surfrider Foundation of Eastern Long Island and has produced films on local water quality with Surfrider and Perfect Earth Project. In June of 2020, Delma is launching Mindoffline.org, an initiative to help reconnect people with their offline selves through education, workshops and at-home Maker Kits. She lives in Sag Harbor with her husband and their two children. They are avid surfers and find the East End to provide the perfect blend of nature and community.
“Barley” John Dunne
Director of the East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery
Barley Dunne received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries & Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont in 1995. Shortly afterward he married and spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Solomon Islands where he and his wife worked on a blacklip pearl oyster research project. They were part of the group that conducted the first seeding for black pearls in Solomon Islands. Upon return to the US in early 1999 he went to graduate school at Auburn University where he received a Master’s degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture. His thesis research focused on oyster reef restoration and the study of a common warm water oyster disease called dermo. After graduating Auburn he took a job at the Town of Islip Shellfish Culture Facility where he worked as their algae culturist for 2-1/2 years. He began working at the East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery in 2004. He took over as Director of the operation in 2011 after John Aldred retired. Along with his work with East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery, he assists a non-profit called Conscience Point Shellfish Company, is chair of the Long Island Shellfish Managers Group, and is secretary of Long Island Oyster Growers Association.
Carl Safina is best known for lyrical non-fiction writing about nature and conservation. His work explores how humans are changing the living world, and what the changes mean for non-human beings and for us all. His work fuses scientific understanding, emotional connection, and a moral call to action. His writing has won a MacArthur “genius” prize; Pew and Guggenheim, and National Science Foundation Fellowships; book awards from Lannan, Orion, and the National Academies; and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He grew up raising pigeons, training hawks and owls, and spending as many days and nights outside and on the water as he could. Safina’s studies of seabirds earned him a PhD in ecology from Rutgers University. He then spent a decade working to ban high-seas drift nets and to overhaul U.S. fishing policy. Safina is now the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University and is founding president of the not-for-profit Safina Center. He hosted the PBS series Saving the Ocean. His writing appears in The New York Times, TIME, Audubon, Yale e360, and on the Web at National Geographic, Huffington Post, CNN.com, and elsewhere. His books include the classic, Song for the Blue Ocean. Carl’s most recent book is, Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel. He lives on Long Island, New York with his wife Patricia and their dogs and feathered friends. His most recent book is, Becoming Wild; How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace. Carl lives on Long Island, New York, with his wife, Patricia, and their dogs and feathered friends. More at CarlSafina.org and SafinaCenter.org.
Daniel finally returns to SAC after a series of virtual sound meditations. Join us for a soothing, deeply relaxing, and immersive Soundbath Meditation with Daniel's exquisite original set of crystal bowls, gongs, hang drum, Tibetan and Himalayan bells, rain sticks, ocarina, didj, and other objects d’sound. This one-of-a-kind experience will melt away stress and leave you calm, recharged, your mind clear and vibrant! Bring your own mats/blanets. Great for all skill levels.
Presented by New York Academy of Art with Southampton Arts Center. Curated by David Kratz and Stephanie Roach, and edited by Emma Gilbey Keller. Artists and writers are always the antennae of our society, all the more so at a time as challenging as this one. They have an opportunity—some might say, a duty—to interpret this moment and imagine the world not only as it is, but also as it could be. This is the guiding challenge of the group exhibition, 2020 Vision. We asked artists, writers, and creative thinkers to consider three questions of critical importance: Our lives will never be the same, but what will change look like? What do we want to keep as we rebuild? And what must we guard against? We invited these creators to express what they saw, what they felt, and what they experienced during this time of pause and reassessment, upheaval and risk, and anxiety and uncertainty. It is our hope that 2020 Vision marks one of many beginnings in the necessary process of ‘post-traumatic growth’ and positive change for our society and our world.