Free screening of 2019 doc: “The River and the Wall” on Sat, Dec. 7, 7pm at Old Chatham Quaker Meeting House

The River and the Wall follows follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. FREE screening on Sat., December 7, 2019, Potluck at 6:00 PM, film at 7:00 PM, in the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, NY, across from Pitt Hall Rd & Powell House.

Conservation filmmaker Ben Masters realizes the urgency of documenting the last remaining wilderness in Texas as the threat of new border wall construction looms ahead. Masters recruits NatGeo Explorer Filipe DeAndrade, ornithologist Heather Mackey, river guide Austin Alvarado, and conservationist Jay Kleberg to join him on the two-and-a-half-month journey down 1,200 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.

They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.

Refreshments will be served and a moderated discussion will follow. For more information call 518-610-3735.  For directions:

“Buddhist Practice in an Age of Ecological Crisis” talk at Williams on Wed, 11/20, 7pm

Williams College invites the public to free talk by Karin Meyers, visiting assistant professor of Buddhist studies at Smith College, titled Buddhist Practice in an Age of Ecological Crisis. Meyers will discuss how Buddhist thought & practice help cut through cognitive dissonance in regard to the collective existential threat of our climate & ecological crisis, as well as how Buddhism is evolving in the face of this crisis.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3.