Sustainable? Hun School Photography Exhibit Asks the Question
The Hun School of Princeton is now hosting SUSTAINABLE? Cultures, Environments and Wildlife at Risk, a 23-picture exhibit by Dan Mead and Sally Eagle, internationally known photographers of wildlife, wild places, and ancient cultures. Hanging in the Wilf Family Global Commons building on campus, the exhibit will run until November 10th.
The exhibit includes spectacular pictures of people, wildlife and wild spots in remote locations around the globe, from threatened mountain gorillas in Rwanda to melting icebergs in Antarctica to Masai warriors in Kenya. The exhibit includes information about each, and then asks some key questions: what have habitat destruction and cultural degradation, globalization, and humanity’s use of resources done to these subjects? Can these people, places, and animals sustain themselves in the face of these forces?
“Sustainable? is an exhibit exploring some of the issues we should be considering as shareholders of the planet,” say the artists in a posted statement. “As the number of human beings continues to grow exponentially. . . and the demand for resources . . . increases, we are growing acutely aware of the price we may have to pay for this growth.”
In the coming weeks, the exhibit will be incorporated into the curriculum by several classes. For example, Director of Global Engagement Pauline McKean will have each of the students in her Global Issues class choose one of the photographs and do research on the issue represented there. This can include anything from the depletion of whales by whalers in Iceland, to the threats to nomadic African cultures.
On October 21, Mr. Mead and Ms. Eagle will come to campus for a lecture and reception, slated at 4:00 p.m., and they will speak with students in their classes throughout the day.
The photographers, whose work can be viewed at www.meadeaglephotos.com, live in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. They have been photographing the world together for 40 years and have received numerous international awards and recognition. Their works have hung in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and the Natural History Museum in London, U.K.
The exhibit is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and by appointment. Contact Pauline McKean, director of Global Engagement at The Hun School for more information about the October 21st lecture or to make an appointment.
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.