RANDOLPH, NJ – County College of Morris (CCM) is offering extensive and engaging online public programming through the college’s Legacy Project and Parks Program: Project Yellowstone. Make a reservation to participate in book discussions or a trivia night. Listen to poignant lectures and inspiring poetry readings and travel to majestic national parks all in the comfort of your home.   

Heading into its eighth year, the Legacy Project at CCM will continue to focus on last year’s theme of “War, Peace, and Healing” as a result of having to halt the Spring Semester programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Legacy Project, led by a team of CCM professors and staff members, has presented lectures and programming on a variety of important issues that impact the lives of both the CCM community and the public.

The award-winning Parks Program: Project Yellowstone is part of a CCM Community and Civic Engagement initiative that offers high-impact, interdisciplinary programs. Parks Program: Project Yellowstone brings together the academic disciplines of history, journalism and biology to enhance student learning and community engagement. Programs offered focus on environmental history and conservation via the lens of the National Park system and has served over 500 students each year.

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The CCM Legacy Project and Parks Program: Project Yellowstone each received funding from a New Jersey Council for the Humanities grant. During the fall, events offered by the Legacy Project and Parks Program: Project Yellowstone are virtual.

Parks Program: Project Yellowstone Calendar of Events:

On Tuesday, September 29, at 7 p.m., join author Jordan Fisher Smith for a book discussion on “Engineering Eden: A Violent Death, a Federal Trial, and the Struggle to Restore Nature in Our National Parks.” A question and answer session with the author will follow the lecture.

Get your thinking caps on and a group together on Thursday, October 15, at 7 p.m. for Trivia Night. Test your knowledge on all things conservation related, including categories on pop culture, history, Yellowstone, science and current events. Throughout the evening, $25 gift cards to the CCM Campus Store will be given to winners.

Join Native American scholar and Crow tribe member Dr. Shane Doyle on Tuesday, October 22, at 12:30 p.m., who will present on Medicine Wheel Country, or Big Sky County, in the Northern Plains. Doyle will provide information on Crow culture and an archaeological discovery that changed the understanding of human history.

Participants interested in Parks Program: Project Yellowstone events need to email parksprogram@ccm.edu for Zoom log-in information. The program also encourages the public to join its educational adventures via Instagram at @ccmparksprogram and Twitter at @PY_CCM to stay up-to-date on upcoming and new events, stories and photos.

Legacy Project Calendar of Events:

On Tuesday, October 20, at 12:30 p.m., journalist and New York University Professor Yvonne Latty will present a lecture, followed by a question and answer session, on “We Were There: Stories of Black Veterans.” Latty is the author of “In Conflict: Iraq War Veterans Speak Out on Duty, Loss and the Fight to Stay Alive,” and “We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, From World War II to the War in Iraq.”

On Tuesday, November 10, at 12:30 p.m., poet Seema Reza will present a lecture and question and answer session on “We Are Not Done Yet: Poetry and PTSD Awareness.” Reza is the CEO of Community Building Art Works, which encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization among a military population struggling with emotional and physical injuries that was the subject of HBO's documentary “We Are Not Done Yet.”

Reservations are required for Legacy Project events and can be made by emailing legacy@ccm.edu. Participants will receive Zoom log-in details. 

 

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Jordan Fisher Smith, Author, Engineering Eden: A Violent Death, a Federal Trial, and the Struggle to Restore Nature in Our National Parks,” who will be giving a virtual lecture on Tuesday, September 29, at 7 p.m. at CCM. 

Photo Credit: Jordan Fisher Smith

 

NYU Professor Yvonne Latty, author of In Conflict: Iraq War Veterans Speak Out on Duty, Loss and the Fight to Stay Alive,” will present a virtual lecture on Tuesday, October 20, at 12:30 p.m. at CCM.

Photo Credit: Yvonne Latty