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Illinois College to host international symposium on the environment and sustainability


Illinois College is hosting the International Symposium on Science, Sustainability and Teaching on March 28 and 29.

The purpose of the symposium is to bring together faculty and students from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, and Illinois College who are researching areas related to the environment and issues of sustainability.

Illinois College has been partnering with Ritsumeikan University since 1989 through exchange opportunities for students from both institutions. Illinois College recently received a $50,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to expand its relationship with Ritsumeikan University as part of the foundation’s Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE). According to the Foundation, “LIASE aspires to encourage innovative approaches to Asian studies teaching and research at the undergraduate level through the lens of the environment and sustainable development. By inviting faculty and students to cross geographic and disciplinary boundaries, LIASE will open opportunities to: increase the capacity of Asian studies faculty to teach about critical topics affecting the region; and expand Asia-related content across the curriculum.”

This Symposium will include presentations by visiting Ritsumeikan faculty, Illinois College faculty and special guests, as well as student presentations and a poster session. A full schedule can be found at

The public is encouraged to attend the following free presentations to learn more about the research being conducted to address issues of sustainability and how environmental concerns are addressed around the world:

Friday, March 28
4:30 p.m.: Opening Reception and Poster Session – Parker Science Hall Rotunda
6 p.m.: Banquet - Parker Dining Room, Cummings Dining Hall
7:30 p.m.: Keynote Address – Kirby Learning Center, Room 006

  • Remarks of Welcome, – Barbara Farley, president of Illinois College
  • 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, March 29
10 a.m.: Student and alumna presentations featuring Evan Breyley, Brianna Klein, Jovanny Nava and Rachel Schuchman
11:45 a.m.: “Alternative Technologies Applicable in Developing Countries for Safe Water Supply”
presented by Jun Nakajima, professor of environmental systems engineering and director of the Research Center for Sustainability Science at Ritsumeikan University
2 p.m.: “Societies, Risk, and Natural Hazards; the Aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami” by Andrew Moore, associate professor of geology, Earlham College

About the Henry Luce Foundation

The Henry Luce Foundation ( was established in 1936 by the late Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities. The Luce Foundation pursues its mission today through the following grant-making programs: American Art; East Asia; Luce Scholars; Theology; Higher Education and the Henry R. Luce Professorships; the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs; Public Policy and the Environment; and the Clare Boothe Luce Program for women in science, mathematics and engineering.

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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