Published on April 18, 2012  

The Samford University French Club will present the American debut of the French documentary film, “Our Love Affair with Pesticides,” as part of Earth Week at Samford. The film will be shown Wednesday, April 18, at 6 p.m. in Burns Hall Room 102.

The film won honors at the Environmental Film Festival in Poitiers, France, and received awards at the Festival of the Rhone-Alpes Federation for the Protection of Nature in France. The French Club received an English-language version of the film from director Erik Fretel.

Brian L. Gist, senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center, Atlanta, Ga., will speak Thursday, April 19, in Christenberry Planetarium as part of the Earth Week schedule. His topic will be “State and Regional Environmental Legal Issues: Challenges to Creating a Healthy, Productive Environment.”

Also on Thursday, Larry McCutcheon, a senior classics major at Samford, will speak during an Earth Week convocation program at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel and Samford will hold an Earth Day Fair from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Ben Brown Plaza.

Earlier during Earth Week, Samford Student Government Association president Riley Westmoreland spoke during a convocation on Tuesday, April 17, and students viewed the environmental documentaries “Earth Days” and “180 Degrees South.”
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