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2014 International Symposium on Environment, Sustainability, and Teaching

Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL is hosting an International Symposium on Science, Sustainability, and Teaching.  We particularly seek participants whose scholarship bridges the fields of Asian and Environmental Studies, as well as those who can speak to bringing environmental issues in an Asian cultural context into the undergraduate curriculum.  We invite both presenting and non-presenting participants.

This Symposium is graciously supported by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Foundation’s Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment.  

The abstract deadline is Friday 7 March 2014.  The registration deadline for discounted registration is 17 March.

For additional details, please contact Laura Corey, 217.245.3295

Map and directions to campus.


Friday 28 March 2014:

3:00 pm: Incorporating Asian and Environmental Studies into a liberal arts curriculum, Schewe 210
  • Dr. James Godde, Professor of Biology, Monmouth College, “Welcome to the Jungle: Gauging Biodiversity in Asia
  • Dr. Darrin Magee, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, “Perspective on Asian and Environmental Studies programs: the HWS experience.
  • Roundtable discussion facilitated by Dr. Magee.
4:30 pm: Opening reception and Poster Session – Parker Science Hall Rotunda

6:00 pm: Banquet - Parker Dining Room in Cummings Hall

 7:30 pm: Keynote Address, Kirby 006 (Convo credit)
  • Remarks of welcome, Dr. Barbara Farley, President of Illinois College
  • Dr. Motoki Kubo, Professor of Biotechnology and Vice-Dean of the College of Life Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, “A new agricultural system with biomass based on environmental material circulation

Saturday 29 March 2014

Presentations will be in Kirby 006.   Coffee, tea, and muffins, will be available in the lower level of Kirby from 10 am -12 pm.

9:00 am: Dr. Larry Zettler, Professor of Biology, Illinois College, and Dr. Laura Corey, Associate Professor of Biology, Illinois College, “The Illinois College Orchid Recovery Program: a model for international research collaboration with undergraduate students

10:00 am: Student and Alumna Presentations: Evan Breyley. Brianna Klein, Jovanny Nava, Rachel Schuchman

11:45 am: Dr. Jun Nakajima, Professor Environmental Systems Engineering and Director of the Research Center for Sustainability Science at Ritsumeikan University, “Alternative technologies applicable in developing countries for safe water supply” (Convo credit)

12:45 pm: Luncheon, Parker Dining Room in Cummings Hall

2:00 pm: Dr. Andrew Moore, Associate Professor of Geology, Earlham College, “Societies, risk, and natural hazards; the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami” (Convo credit)

3:00 pm: Closing Remarks and Acknowledgements

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