Monday, July 1, 2013

Harford Community College to host living history performance featuring Kate Campbell Stevenson as environmentalist Rachel Carson on July 14

A living history performance,?part of a series organized by the Maryland Humanities Council and other local partners, comes to Harford Community College July 14 featuring?Kate Campbell Stevenson performing as environmentalist?Rachel Carson. Here are the details:


Harford Community College will host a Chautauqua living history performance on July 14, at 4 PM, in the Chesapeake Theater. The performance, which is free and open to the general public, will feature Kate Campbell Stevenson performing as the mother of the environmental movement Rachel Carson, author of The Silent Spring.

A dramatic reading by Ben Fisler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theatre at Harford Community College and regional professional actor, will open the performance. Dr. Fisler will present ecologically-focused selections from the works of such early twentieth-century playwrights as Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekov, and August Strindberg. These pieces will help demonstrate how the spirit of environmental responsibility brewed in literature and the performing arts of the previous half-century, literally setting the stage for Rachel Carson?s work.

The performance at Harford Community College is co-sponsored by several departments and other units within the College, including the Division of Library & Information Resources, the STEM Division, the Humanities Division, the Office of Student Activities, and the Sustainability Committee. The show will also include an overview of the many ways in which the College has actively promoted environmental awareness and taken steps to make practices at the College ?green.?

The Chautauqua is part of a series organized by the Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) in conjunction with local partners statewide. Live local musical and theatrical acts open each show. Living history performances are followed by question and answer sessions, which often spark spirited conversation and provides informative family fun. Audiences will hear from the voices of Jackie Robinson, Rachel Carson, and Amelia Earhart. Via partnership with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, the July 6 performance (Rachel Carson), will be live streamed; audiences will be able to access the performance via the MHC homepage at Visit to access a statewide schedule or to learn more.

Chautauqua is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, Garrett College, the Community College of Baltimore County, the College of Southern Maryland, Montgomery College, the Historical Society of Talbot County, Avalon Theatre, Warren Kilmer and Judith Needham, the Talbot County Arts Council, the Town of Perryville, Cecil County Public Library, Delmarva Power, Cecil Tourism, Harford Community College, and MHC donors. MHC is a statewide educational nonprofit that uses the humanities (literature, history, archaeology, poetry, etc.) to promote civic engagement and informed dialogue about critical issues.

For more information about the HCC performance, contact Carol Allen, Director, Library & Information Resources, 443-412-2144 or .

FEATURED HISTORICAL FIGURESJack Roosevelt ?Jackie? Robinson (1919-1972) ended 60 years of baseball segregation with his 1947 Major League debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was named the National League?s Rookie of the Year and in 1949 received the league?s Most Valuable Player award. After his baseball career, Robinson worked in business and helped to establish the Freedom National Bank in Harlem. He was an activist for social change and served on the board of the NAACP. In 1962 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

Rachel Carson (1907-1964) has been called the mother of the environmental movement. A writer, scientist, and ecologist, Carson received her master?s in marine biology at Johns Hopkins University, taught zoology at the University of Maryland, and contributed articles to the Baltimore Sun. She worked at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and in 1951 published the bestseller, The Sea Around Us. Her controversial book, Silent Spring, alerted the public to the dangers of pesticides. Carson died of cancer in Silver Spring and is buried in Rockville.

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and the first person to solo the Pacific, but she was much more than a courageous aviatrix. She was also a nurse?s aide, social worker, truck driver, writer, editor, and the first ?celebrity? to create a line of clothing that included practical outfits for active and working women. Along with friend Eleanor Roosevelt, she championed women?s rights and was an inspiration for women to pursue nontraditional roles.


Gregory Gibson Kenney (Jackie Robinson) is a professional actor who has performed in theatre, feature films, and television commercials. He has served as a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Education Advisory Board since 2000 and is the winner of the 1998 YWCA Racial Justice Award. Other portrayals include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Louis Armstrong, and Roberto Clemente. Through EDUCATE Us, he has presented over 3,500 programs for schools and organizations throughout the East Coast and the Midwest. Kenney studied at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in association with Point Park College.

Kate Campbell Stevenson (Rachel Carson) combines over 25 years of professional experience in music, theatre, and education to create Women: Back to the Future leadership programs. Kate Stevenson brings to life many strong women leaders including Abigail Adams and Eleanor Roosevelt. She has starred in over 30 musicals in regional theaters across the United States and has performed in radio and television commercials. Her one-woman shows have inspired audiences at conventions, conferences, colleges and universities, schools, museums, and state and national government meetings.

Mary Ann Jung (Amelia Earhart) is the actress behind History Alive! interactive shows and appearances. She has been a lead actress and Director of Renaissance History and Shakespearean Language at the Maryland Renaissance Festival for over thirty years. She is a Smithsonian scholar/performer and has appeared on CNN, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. Jung?s living history performances also include Clara Barton, Julia Child, Good Queen Bess, Mistress Margaret Brent, Rosalie of Riversdale, and Rosie the Riveter. She has a B.A. in British History from the University of Maryland.



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