The most important challenge facing current and future generations of humans will be the quality of the environment and the allocation of dwindling natural resources among populations. In the face of severe challenges, we believe in the possibility of changing the trajectory of humans on the planet for the better. To that end, Wesleyan’s College of the Environment seeks to develop informed citizens who can discuss environmental issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, understand their connections to social or political issues, and derive well-formulated independent conclusions.
COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT EVENTS
Free Film Screening of the Documentary - RE-WEAVING THE WEB: AMAZONIAN DARK EARTH
Long Lane Farm Pumpkin Festival - Saturday, October 17, 2015 from NOON - 4pm
Where On Earth Are We Going? Symposium - Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 9am - NOON in Exley Science Center, Rm 150
8:50 am Welcome by William Pinch, Chair, College of the Environment
9:00 am “A Systems Approach To Healthy Places” by Shellae Versey
The challenge of creating healthy places, now and in the future, requires new ways of thinking about the complex and interconnected world in which we live. Systems thinking provides a framework for understanding the dynamics of integrating people, places and policies in ways that promote health. In highlighting emerging research, this talk offers a new lens for exploring interactions between the environment and health.
10:30 am “The Artist In The City: Civic Engagement And Social Change Through The Creative Process” by Allison Orr
Using a distinct form of ethnographic choreography, Austin, Texas-based choreographer Allison Orr builds her dances out of the stories and experiences that emerge over her year-long residencies with municipal departments. Over the past fifteen years, Orr has collaborated with city employees across Austin, from sanitation workers to power linemen, firefighters to parks and recreation employees. Orr will discuss her process, show clips of past work, and explore how arts-based civic engagement can uncover that which is essential to the life of an urban community while challenging conventions of art and art-making at the intersections of race and class.
11:45 am - Wrap-up