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Environmental issues close Coe Thursday Forum calendar

Lonnie Zingula, Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8613 or lzingula@coe.edu

2012-03-22 13:01:40 - General

Coe College faculty will explore various past, present and future environmental issues in the final Thursday Forum of the academic year.

In the first session on April 5, “An Introduction to American Conceptions of the Wilderness,” Esther & Robert Armstrong Professor of Rhetoric Bob Marrs will discuss the naturalist tradition in the American environmental movement including parallels and divergences between a male tradition (represented by Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Aldo Leopold and Wendell Berry) and a feminist tradition (represented by Susan Fenimore Cooper, Mary Austin, Rachel Carson and Linda Hogan). An examination of works by 19th and 20th century painters and photographers will add a visual component to the presentation.

On April 12, Louie J. & Ella Pochobradsky Associate Professor of Business Administration David Hayes will examine “Legal Dimensions of Wilderness & the Modern Environmental Movement.” Focused on contemporary legal conceptions of the wilderness, this session will address the modern environmental movement with emphasis on the heated, extended court battle of the last 15 years over the Clinton Roadless Rule and the Bush “Healthy Forests” rule. Hayes will also discuss endangered species, concluding with a showcase of Coe’s Wilderness Field Station in the Minnesota Superior National Forest.

William R. & Winifred Shuttleworth Professor of Theatre Arts Susan Wolverton presents “The Organic Movement: Humble Origins and Global Growth” on April 19. The session will trace the story of the organic movement from its founding in colonial India by Sir Albert Howard, to its development by J.I. Rodale in this country where it drew a cult following during the 1970s, and finally returning to contemporary India where pioneer physicist Vandana Shiva is now promoting it as a sustainable economic enterprise for her country.

How does sustainability fit within the liberal arts framework, and how does Coe prepare students for the environmental challenges that lie ahead? In the final session on April 26, Professor of Chemistry Marty St. Clair will discuss ways in which Coe faculty engage environmental issues in the classroom and in their research. “Preparing for the Future: Environmental Education at Coe” will highlight initiatives that integrate sustainability into students’ lives.

The lectures will be held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with coffee and pastries from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. The series will conclude with a luncheon on April 26.

The courses are open to all adults and registration is on-site. The cost is $30 for a four-week course or $10 per week. The closing luncheon costs an additional $8. Thursday Forum gift certificates are available. For more information about the Coe College Thursday Forum lecture series, call (319) 399-8619.