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Environmental awareness a theme of Spring 2014 Chautauqua at UNCG

Photo from past Peabody Park clean-upInterested in environmental awareness – or the role of undergraduate education in meeting the demands of planetary change? Be a part of a chautauqua April 2-4 at UNCG.

At chautauquas, people gather to learn and be inspired to take on big ideas. That’s the goal at this Spring 2014 Think Tank Chautauqua.

This UNCG chautauqua marks the centennial of scholar Thomas Berry’s birth. It is titled “Journey of the Universe/Journey of the University or What’s an Education For?”

The Think Tank Chautauqua will be an environmental awareness/action event focused on undergraduate higher education, with contributions from the arts and humanities. It will include music, poetry and science. And several noted speakers.

All events are free and open to the public. The 2014 Think Tank is taking reservations for seats up until March 28. Reservations are not required. They expect ample seating, but reservations are recommended for groups. Individual reservations can be made also. http://biology.uncg.edu/Chautauqua/Reservations.html

Some highlights:

Wednesday, April 2 – Focus: Planetary-Level Consciousness
4:10 – 5 p.m.
The State of Planet – Dr. Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology, Duke University
5:10 – 5:30 p.m.
Thinking Like an Ocean – Jean Beasley, Director Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital and winner of the Animal Planet Hero of the Planet Award and Ocean Hero Award
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Screening of “Journey of the Universe” – with co-executive producer Dr. John Grim, Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University, who will introduce the film and afterward lead a discussion.

Thursday, April 3 – Focus: Reimagining Undergraduate Education
2:15 – 3 p.m.
Education for a Sustainable World – Dr. David Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Senior Advisor to the President of Oberlin College
3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
Role of the University in the 21st Century – Dr. John Grim, Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar, Yale University
4 – 5 p.m.
Panel Discussion – Moderator: Dr. Anthony Weston, Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, Elon University. Panel: John Grim, David Orr, Stuart Pimm and UNCG Think Tank student

Friday, April 4 – Service Learning Opportunities TBA

The chautauqua is presented by the UNCG Think Tank class Ecologically SANE (Stoked about Natural Environments). The think tank class is led by faculty members Catherine Matthews and Ann Berry Somers.

Sponsors include UNCG Lloyd International Honors College, Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons, Department of Interior Architecture, Department of Biology, Office of Sustainability, Global Village, Environmental Studies Program, Ashby Dialogue, Teacher Education and Higher Education, Peace and Conflict Studies, University Libraries/Digital Media Commons and Department of Art.

Other Sponsors are The Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World, Dr. Margaret Berry, Emerging Ecology, Inc., Syngenta and Well-Spring Retirement Community.

Detail and a full schedule are at http://biology.uncg.edu/Chautauqua/index.html