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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:





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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