Standing Peachtree and Indigenous New Media

SLS Events

Throughout the semester, the Serve-Learn-Sustain Program offers a variety of events. These events provide various perspectives on service and sustainability within and across communities. Though these events do not necessarily connect to our course theme by way of Native affiliation, they still broach a variety of important topics. Due to this, proof of attendance at these events will be accepted as extra credit. They will not be a part of the course grade as it stands, but will be opportunities to earn extra points that may help your overall course grade.

Extra Credit Instructions

To earn extra credit, you must:

  • You must attend the event.
  • All extra credit is worth 5 points.
  • Write a blog post of 250 words reflecting on the event and one thing you learned from it. In this blog post, you should also consider how the event might be placed into conversation with the course theme.
  • Submit the blog post on the course blog with the tag #converstories.
  • Notify me via email once the blog has been posted.

Events for Extra Credit

Location: Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

The SLS Faculty Research Spotlight features Dr. Jenny McGuire (Biological Sciences) and Dr. Allen Hyde (History and Sociology) who will discuss their collaborative research project, “Integrating Resilience across Social-Ecological Systems.”  The rapid change in climates across the globe requires us to determine which human and ecological systems will be most affected and how to alleviate climate vulnerability, captured by the concept of climate resilience. While past studies have largely focused on climate resilience through the lens of either ecological or social systems, there is great potential in quantifying and optimizing climate resilience through the study of integrated social-ecological systems. A neighborhood’s resilience could be quantified as rain volume that can be absorbed before succumbing to a flooded state (ecological resilience) or as the time before that neighborhood returns to full functionality following a flooding event (engineering resilience). One could also quantify the neighborhood park’s ecological and engineering resilience, which that might differ significantly from that of the neighborhood. Taken separately, this information could tell us in a patchwork manner about the resilience of the city. However, a more powerful approach is to model  the ecological and evolutionary resilience of a spatially integrated parkland-neighborhood system. This research explores the potential  of such an approach for social-ecological systems in the Southeastern US.

Film Screening: Landfill Harmonic

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Student Center Theater

Join SLS and the Georgia Tech School of Music for a screening of the acclaimed film, Landfill Harmonic (2015), which follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their community, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town. The film is a testimony to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.  The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Dantes Rameau of the Atlanta Music Project, and Dr. Grace Leslie, of Georgia Tech’s School of Music.

Liam’s Legacy Symposium: Community Health Part II “Power, Technology, and Health”


Thursday, March 14, 2019 – 11:00am to 1:45pm

Location: Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

Through two panels featuring speakers from Georgia Farmers Market Association, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory, GT’s Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems, and the International Rescue Committee’s Youth Leadership Team, this event explores the question, “what is the role of technology in addressing barriers to good health, especially in communities that have been traditionally marginalized?”  This guiding question entails examining how health-related organizations and agencies differently define “good health” and how access to power (political, cultural, and financial) impacts the way that communities interact with health-related technologies.  In conjunction with our Serve-Learn-Sustain Linked Courses Program focused on Community Health, this event also centers the concept of “community health.”   In the framework used in our program, individual health and community health are symbiotic – with community health dependent on the health behaviors and health outcomes of individuals within the community and individual health dependent on the health status of the community. The first panel will focus on community health at the local and regional registers, while second panel will engage global perspectives; however, both panels will highlight the connectedness of local and global community health challenges and innovations.  Hence, the symposium also explores how professionals from different disciplines and sectors view the concept of “community health” through the specific lenses of the communities–whether here in Atlanta or abroad– with which they work. We hope you can join us for both panels, and enjoy lunch and conversation during the time in between! Please RSVP here [INSET FORM LINK].

Two Sessions: 11:00am – 12:00pm (Morning Session ); 12:30pm – 1:45pm (Afternoon Session – “Policy and Action”)  Lunch will be offered during the session break between 12:00pm – 12:30pm

​About Liam Rattray & Liam’s Legacy:

The Liam’s Legacy Symposium honors the memory of Liam Rattray, an outstanding and socially-committed Georgia Tech Honors Program student who was tragically killed by a drunk driver just a few weeks after his graduation, in 2011.  We mourn his death, but we also celebrate his life in this annual event that carries his name and draws upon his legacy of engagement and activism.