Oct. 17, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces that Joanna Ballantine, vice president of Trustees of Reservations for the western region, will present the Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in Murdock Hall, in the Sammer Dennis Room (218). She will speak on “A Century of Preserving Nature and Culture for Future Generations: What’s Next?”

MCLA’s annual fall lectures are free and open to the public.

Since becoming vice president of The Trustees’ western region in August 2016, Ballantine has worked to expand the organization’s mission and impact in this region, using its many iconic, natural, agricultural and cultural properties as platforms to engage new members, visitors and supporters.

The Trustees of Reservations’ western region contains some of the state’s most iconic properties, including Stevens-Coolidge Place, the Old Manse, Fruitlands Museum, Powisset and Chestnut Hill Farms, Farandnear, Doyle, Tully Lake Campground, Naumkeag, Notchview, Field Farm, Monument Mountain and Bartholomew’s Cobble, a national natural landmark. In total, the Western region encompasses more than 50 iconic and scenic properties, from mountains to farms and public gardens, and includes a variety of collections and historic houses.

Ballantine’s role is to oversee the stewardship, business and enterprise performance, engagement and visitor services, and field operations for this region. She also serves as the internal and external leader for The Trustees’ throughout the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley, Central Massachusetts, the Charles River Valley, and also the Andover regions. These properties serve thousands of visitors and generate revenue that helps to support the overall mission of The Trustees.

She also served as regional director for The Trustees, from March 2013 to July 2016, and was the director of the nonprofit division of Richard Levin and Associates, in Wellesley. Previously, she served for 12 years as the executive director of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, in Agawam.

She holds an MSW from University of Maryland, a master’s degree from Baltimore Hebrew University in Middle East Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College. A resident of Amherst, she serves on the Board of the Brookfield Farm.

MCLA’s next fall lecture will be presented by Jeffrey Toobin, a senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, who will deliver the Seventh Annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture, which is made possible through the generosity of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust.

Toobin will present “Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, in the MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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