Chatham University

Rachel Carson Institute

Silent Spring at 50 Celebrations in 2012


February 15, 2012
An Evening with Steven Stucky, Composer

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Composer in Residence Steven Stucky will give a talk for the Chatham community discussing the connections to Rachel Carson and the role of her writing in the themes of the music. Welker Room of James Laughlin Music Hall from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.


February 17, 2012
The World Premier of Silent Spring, a Commissioned Symphonic work by Steven Stucky

Steven Stucky

Steven Stucky

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, a commissioned symphonic work of the same name by Steven Stucky, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra composer in residence, will have its world premier at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 17. The event is held in collaboration with Chatham's Rachel Carson Institute.

Tickets to the premier of Silent Spring are available for purchase online at under the event titled "Music as Inspiration." The Chatham Group Code is 26942.

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April 2012
Earth Day: Bicycle Parade in Honor of Rachel Carson

Students from Pittsburgh Universities: Chatham, Pitt, CMU, Point Park, Carlow, and Duquesne; Bike Pittsburgh, Venture Outdoors, REI and many others join together to show support for preserving our environmental values with a bicycle parade displaying environmental messages proceeding from Chatham Eastside Campus to a local park for a concert and rally.


May 11-12, 2012
Perspectives on Silent Spring at 50


September 20, 2012
Rachel Carson Forum: Silent Spring, a Model for Communicating Science to Drive Change

National Pollution Prevention Week Event

  • Shawn Garvin EPA Region III Administrator
  • Panel of Pollution Prevention Success Stories
  • Challenge for Action
  • FREE and Open to the Public

September 27, 2012
Celebrating Rachel Carson's Legacy

When Rachel Carson attended the Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham University), she received an undergraduate education that was the basis for her career that simply changed the world we live in. Her evidence-based approach to advocacy profoundly influenced other scientists, legislators, and activists. She also drew the ire of corporate entities who misstated her message and made personal attacks on her as a scientist. Ms. Carson weathered all of this by drawing on her immense strength, the conviction of her beliefs and a network of friends and allies who provided support. The faculty and staff at Chatham aspire to give you that same strong base for your own careers that will change the world!

Today is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring, which is Rachel Carson’s most famous book. As we celebrate her legacy, here are some resources to help you learn about this amazing woman. The links below are to two recent articles among many that have appeared in popular press outlets recently. The first link is to an article in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette which features our own Patricia DeMarco, and the second is from Sunday’s New York Times Magazine section.

Your reflections on Rachel Carson’s life and influence are bound to inspire you! Thanks for thinking of Rachel Carson today!

Karol Dean
Dean, Chatham College for Women


September 27 - November 15, 2012
Chatham University presents Kate Cheney Chappell

Kate Cheney Chappell

Kate Cheney Chappell


One artist's response to Rachel Carson

September 27 through November 15, 2012

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October 26, 2012
Rachel Carson Legacy Conference: Our Planet and Our Health - The Impact of Silent Spring after Fifty Years

Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring, published 50 years ago in 1962, brought global attention to the consequences of unrestrained use of toxic pesticides such as DDT. Among the actions taken in response to her work was a ban on DDT by the newly formed environmental Protection Agency in 1976, over a decade after Rachel Carson's death. The conference will gather participants from academic, non-government, industry, advocates and policy makers to explore the topic: "Our Planet and Our Health - The Impact of Silent Spring after Fifty Years". The event will focus on the oceans as harbingers of the health of our planet and ourselves, with a keynote address from Francesca Santoro, Ph.D. of the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission of the UNESCO. The event will feature the American Chemical Society presentation by Nancy B. Jackson, Ph.D. of Sandia national Laboratory of a National Historic Chemical Landmark for Silent Spring to Chatham University, Rachel Carson's alma mater.


Keynote Address: Francesca Santoro, Ph.D. Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission, UNESCO, Paris, France- "Messages from Our Oceans: A Reflection on Rachel Carson's Predictions"
Panel Discussion: "Preventing Contamination of our Planet". Speakers from industry, agriculture, urban, consumer products and energy sectors will discuss success stories and best practices. These topics will be the subject of subsequent interactive workshops.
Presentation Panel: American Chemical Society: "The Impact of Silent Spring - Fifty Years of Chemistry Practice"
Presentation of National Historic Chemical Landmark for Silent Spring

The conference will take place from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Chatham University Shadyside Campus Eddy Theater. Admission $50.00 includes proceedings of the event and a reception with the speakers.

Contact Patricia DeMarco (412) 365-2702 or for further information.


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For sponsorship opportunities or to participate in planning any of these events, please contact Patricia M. DeMarco at the Rachel Carson Institute at(412) 365-2702 or

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Deadline: March 20th, 2012

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