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Contact: Andrea Early, 508-289-7652; aearly@mbl.edu

Public Invited to Free Woods Hole Diversity Events, July 22 and August 5

WOODS HOLE, MA—The Woods Hole Diversity Initiative and the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee invite the community to two upcoming events aimed at highlighting the importance of understanding and promoting diversity. Both events are free and open to the public.
On Friday, July 22, SEA Semester alumna Naomi Darling, principal at Darling Loeffler-Puurunen and an adjunct professor at Yale School of Architecture and Brown University, will return to Woods Hole to present a lecture titled Zoom: Scales of Sustainability. The lecture will be held at 2:00 PM in the Redfield Auditorium, 57 Water Street, Woods Hole.

Darling’s socially responsible and environmentally conscious projects have ranged from playful installations to thoughtful urban master planning. In her lecture, she will examine the concept of sustainability at different scales through space and time. Darling’s teaching and research has focused on interdisciplinary collaboration with scientists and ecologists in developing sustainable urban design proposals.

On Friday, August 5, members of Mandingueiros dos Palmares Capoeira of Martha’s Vineyard will engage in an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of dance, martial arts, music and acrobatics into a fluid game between two players. The performance will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in Redfield Courtyard, behind Redfield Building, 57 Water Street, Woods Hole.

Members of the Kung Fu Group of the Falmouth Training Facility will also highlight and perform techniques from this ancient Chinese martial art, revealing skills that have been cultivated through discipline and hard work.

The Woods Hole Diversity Initiative is the product of the historic 2004 commitment of six Woods Hole scientific institutions—Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, United States Geological Survey, Woods Hole Research Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, and the Sea Education Association—to work together to attract and retain a more diverse workforce. The Woods Hole Diversity Initiative is supported by an advisory committee charged with making recommendations as to how the institutions can make the village a more diverse, more inclusive community.


The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. Founded in 1888 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, the MBL is an independent, nonprofit corporation.