The Twenty-Seventh Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures

The 27th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures
Saturday, October 27, 2007, 10 am–5 pm

Confirmed Featured Speakers: Charles Turner, Majora Carter, and Michael Shuman
Charles Turner – Chuck Turner is a Boston City Councilor representing District 7 including Roxbury, Lower Roxbury, and parts of the Fenway, South End, Dorchester. He has worked as an activist for over forty years. During that time, he has served as the director of a community development corporation, an organizer training center, and a placement agency for construction workers of color. He has also worked as a manager/counselor at the nation's oldest batterers' treatment organization and as education director at a nonprofit consulting firm, focused on establishing worker cooperatives. He has a BA from Harvard, was a Community Fellow at MIT, and was awarded an honorary Associates of Arts degree from Roxbury Community College. He is also a member of the E. F. Schumacher Society's board of directors.
Majora Carter - Majora Carter is connecting poverty alleviation & the environment - in ways that benefit both concerns, demonstrating Clean-Tech solutions for our most persistent urban public health & global climate concerns. By creating positive physical environments, demonstrating cool and green roof technologies, working to replace an under-utilized expressway with local-value driven development, and the Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training program - creating a skilled green-collar workforce with personal & economic stakes in their urban environment. She was born, raised, and continues to live & work in the South Bronx, an environmentally challenged community. She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 to fight for Environmental Justice through innovative, economically sustainable projects that are informed by community needs. She earned a 2005 MacArthur Fellowship for her vision, drive, and tenacity as an urban revitalization strategist.

Michael Shuman - Michael Shuman is vice president for Enterprise Development for the Training and Development Corporation (TDC) of Bucksport, Maine. A noted economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, Shuman is widely recognized for his research into the economic advantages of small-scale businesses in an era of globalization as well as the often over-looked benefits of building local economies in an era of big-box retail chains. He has authored, coauthored, and edited seven books, including The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler, 2006) and Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age (Free Press, 1998).
In recent years Shuman has overseen a variety of projects, including the design of a small-business, venture-capital fund in New Mexico and the development of, a Web site that provides marketing support for small-scale family farmers. He also organized university-government-business collaborations in both St. Lawrence County, New York, and the Katahdin Region of Maine to study opportunities for import replacement.
Shuman serves as a senior editor for the recently published Encyclopedia of Community. He is a cofounder and active participant in the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and a founder of Bay Friendly Chicken, a community-owned company located in Salisbury, Maryland.
Shuman received an A.B. with distinction in economics and international relations from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. A prolific speaker, Shuman has averaged a talk a week for the past 20 years, including invited lectures and paid consultancies in eight countries, 26 cities, and at 27 universities.

Lecture Schedule:

9:30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Welcome
10:15 Talk by Majora Carter
11:15 Audience response and questions
12:00 Lunch (see details below)
1:00 Talk by Charles Turner
2:00 Audience response and questions
2:30 Coffee Break
2:45 Talk by Michael Shuman
4:00 Audience response and questions
4:30 Closing remarks by the speakers


Time: Saturday, October 27, 2007; 10:00 - 5:00. There will be a lunch break from 12:00 - 1:00.

Location: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA

Directions: From Boston, take the Lee Exit on the Massachusetts Turnpike and follow signs south (Route 102). In Stockbridge turn left onto Route 7 South and follow to Great Barrington. From New York City take the Taconic Parkway to Route 23 in Claverack. Follow Route 23 east to Great Barrington, where Route 23 joins Route 7. Take Route 7 north onto Main Street Great Barrington. The historic Mahaiwe Theater is located on Castle Street, just of Main Street at the Bridge Street and Castle Street traffic light. Parking for the event will be marked.

Cost: $20 per person, $15 per member of the E. F. Schumacher Society, and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door or from the E. F. Schumacher Society, 140 Jug End Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Pre-registration is highly recommended to ensure seating. Registration can be made over the phone by calling (413) 528-1737. Credit cards accepted. Payment may be made online at the Schumacher Society's secure donation page. To register online, fill in the number of tickets you would like in the appropriate field under "lecture series," any additional donation you may wish to make, your contact information, and payment details. Alternately, you can print out a lecture registration form and mail it with payment. BerkShares are gladly accepted as payment for registration.

Lunch: Castle Street Cafe, located next to the Mahaiwe Theater, is preparing a local foods, vegetarian lunch for those pre-ordering. Cost is 17 BerkShares/dollars each. Call 413-528-1737 for menu details. Alternatively, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the Town Hall bandstand or plan on visiting other fine Great Barrington restaurants.

Accommodations: Call the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce 413-528-1510 for listings of the many overnight options in the region or visit

Event title:
The Twenty-Seventh Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures
2007-10-27 10:00 (Calendar)
2007-10-27 17:00


Castle Street Mahaiwe Theater
Great Barrington, MA, 01230
United States
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