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Upper School Students Enjoy Environmental Field Trip

Rudy Brandl

Students in Global Environmental History, taught by Dr. Rachel Lutz, participated in the American Society for Environmental History's Environmental History Week events by attending a digital field trip to the Emerald Earth Film Festival's discussion with the filmmakers of the 2016 documentary Painted Nails

It won’t take long to fall in love with the subject of Painted Nails, Van Hoang, a Vietnamese nail salon owner who serves an ethnically diverse group of working class women with acrylic nails and intricate airbrush designs. Through the course of the film, Van unintentionally becomes a contemporary Norma Rae or Erin Brockovich, with an entirely new cause that affects not just factory workers or victims of regional environmental contamination, but nearly every person in America, as well as their families.