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The environment and society: Ethical foundations for a sustainable future

What social values will guide (or stall) the transition to more extensive sustainable development and practices as society confronts the realities of climate change and environmental degradation?  This seminar will focus on this question and highlight the ethical arguments for sustainability in the short and long term.

 

 

photo of zachary schrankZachary Schrank; Sociology and Anthropology; IU South Bend; zschrank@iusb.edu

 

 

photo of april lidinskyApril Lidinsky; Women's and Gender Studies; IU South Bend; alidinsk@iusb.edu

 

 

 

 

Seminar Events:

 

 

  

Conserving Consumption: Sustainable Business Models that Work

Shaun Maeyens

Zen Cafe

Becky Reimbold

Proprietor, Just Goods

 

Moderator: Harry Vasilopoulos

Wednesday, February 28th 7:00-8:30 PM

IU South Bend, Wiekamp Hall, 1001

Learn how local business people in South Bend incorporate social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency to promote prosperity.

 

Hosted by the ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY: ETHICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE SEMINAR

 


 

Recreating Cities for Sustainable Living

Sam Centellas

Director, La Casa de Amistad

Santi Garces

Chief Innovation Officer, City of South Bend, Indiana

 

Moderator: Mike Keen, Ph.D.

Wednesday, March 28th 7:00-8:30 PM

IU South Bend, Wiekamp Hall, 1001

Our speakers will put their engineering and political communication skills to work as they discuss ways they both work to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and resiliency. 

 

Hosted by the ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY: ETHICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTUREseminar

 

 

James Rebankspublicity poster of james rebanks lecture at indiana university south bend

Oxford University; Internationally renowned British author

 

A Shepherd's Perspective: Stewardship and Ethics

 

Monday January 22nd 7:00-8:30 PM

IU South Bend Campus, Addicott-Joshi Performance Hall, Northside Hall

This event brings to South Bend the internationally renowned British author, James Rebanks, whose 2017 best-seller, The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape, grew out of the vast popularity of his Twitter account richly describing his way of life. The 75-minute event will be structured as a conversation, with questions posed by IU South Bend English Professor Ken Smith and the audience. The evening will conclude with a reception and a book signing.

 

 

 

 

Hosted by the ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY: ETHICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE, Indiana Humanities, and the Wolfson Scholar Endowment



 


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Systems Thinking for Prosperity on a Finite Planet

Dr. Heather Reynolds

Associate Professor of Biology, Indiana University Bloomington

 

Wednesday, Sept 13 7:-8:30 pm

IU South Bend, Education and Arts Building, 1011

Dr. Reynolds’ talk will lay out the rationale and conceptual framework for ecological economics as an essential paradigm shift for prosperity on a finite planet.  She will also discuss the need for systems thinking as an essential aspect of public literacy about sustainability.

 


 



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Wéwéné Zhechgéwen: A Good Way of Doing Things

Dr. Jennifer Kanine

Director of Natural Resource for the Pokagon Band

Jason S. Wesaw

Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

 

Wednesday, Oct 18 7:00-8:30 pm

IU South Bend, Education and Arts Building, 1011

The speakers at this event will discuss Potawatomi heritage, culture, and traditional ecological knowledge and values.

 


 

Spiritual Practices, Sustainable Choicesphoto of the education and arts building at IU south bend

Fr. Terry Ehrman

Asst Director for Life Sciences Research and Outreach, University of ND

Krista Bailey

Director of the Center for a Sustainable Future, IU South Bend

 

Wednesday, Nov 8 7:00-8:30 pm

IU South Bend, Education and Arts building, 1011