October 14, 2009

Baker-Nord Center for Humanities Focuses on "Green" For 2009 Humanities Week

Climate change expert Andrew Light gives the keynote address, October 22

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Andrew Light, the author of Environmental Values and an internationally recognized expert on environmental policy and ethics, will give the keynote address for Humanities Week 2009, sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University. His free, public talk begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, October 22, in Amasa Stone Chapel. Because seating is limited, online registration is required.

The week continues the humanities center's yearlong theme of "Culture of Green: Nature and the Environment" through numerous activities, films and special events, October 22-28.

Light serves as the director of the Center for Global Ethics at George Mason University where he is also an associate professor of philosophy and environmental policy. He carries on his environmental work as a Senior Fellow at the think tank American Progress, which explores national policy issues, such as global warming, that impact the quality of American citizens' lives.

He has contributed his expertise on environmental issues as an advisor to such federal organizations as the National Science Foundation, U. S. Forest Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Park Service.

Working in the area of how environmental policy relates to ethics, Light has written or edited some 17 books such as Environmental Ethics, Controlling Technology, Technology and the Good Life and Philosophy and Design.

Other Humanities Week highlights:

Included in this year's Humanities Week celebration is a Flip Camera Festival, sponsored by Case Western Reserve University's Freedman Center. Prize-winning videos from the Flip Camera Contest, produced by members of the campus community using these new small handheld cameras, will be shown at 12:30-2 p.m. on Friday, October 23, in Clark Hall, Bellflower Rd. This is also free and open to the public.

Three environmentally based movies will be shown during a "Cultures of Green" film festival, curated by Robert Spadoni, associate professor of English and film studies. Shown will be Jennifer Baichwall's Manufactured Landscapes at 7 p.m., Monday, October 26; Douglas Trumbull's Silent Running on Tuesday, October 27; and Kevin Reynolds' Waterworld on Wednesday, October 28. All movies will be seen on the Cleveland Institute of Art's Cinematheque's screen at 11141 East Blvd. at 7 p.m. on the day scheduled.

Go online for more information.

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, October 14, 2009 02:13 PM | News Topics: Alumnet, Alumni, Arts & Entertainment, Authors, College of Arts and Sciences, Environment, Events, Faculty, Lectures/Speakers, Staff, Students, features, news

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