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The Conference

The Conference

Between November 4 and 6, 2010, representatives of more than 25 institutional recipients of grants from the Luce Foundation’s environmental initiative assembled at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies to discuss the environment and higher education, past, present, and future. Qualities of interdisciplinary work, international engagement, experiential learning, and management around environmental studies were addressed in the gathering not only to reflect on past accomplishments and enduring challenges, but as well future possibilities inaugurated by the networks forged during these days.

Conference Principals


Michael D. Kennedy

Director, Watson Institute for International Studies

J. Timmons Roberts

Director, Center for Environmental Studies and Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies

Nancy J. Jacobs

Associate Professor, Africana Studies and History

Conference Schedule

Friday November 5

9:15am: Welcoming Remarks and Conference Goals
Michael Kennedy, Watson Institute

Michael Gilligan and Kit Luce, Luce Foundation

Nancy Jacobs, Associate Professor, Africana Studies and History, and J. Timmons Roberts, Director, Center for Environmental Studies, Brown University

10:00am: Session One: Interdisciplinary Initiatives
Moderator/Discussant: J. Timmons Roberts, Brown University

Bowdoin College – John Lichter, The Ecology and Environmental History of Merrymeeting Bay Project

Carleton College – Tsegaye Nega, The Integrative Spatial Modeling Project

Carnegie Mellon University – Indira Nair, Greening of Early Undergraduate Education

MIT – Samuel Bowring, Terrascope Program

Middlebury College – Nan Jenks-Jay, Issues and Impact: Coexistence and the Global Environment

Stanford University – Helen Doyle, The Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources

1:00pm: Session Two: International Initiatives
Moderator/Discussant: Rick Wetzler, Independent Consultant

Bard College – Eban Goodstein, Learning Across Borders

Brown University – Nancy Jacobs, Watson International Scholars of the Environment

Johns Hopkins University, SAIS – Deborah Bleviss, The International Environmental Policy Practicum

Oberlin College – Bruce Simonson, International Perspectives in Environmental Studies

Tufts University – William Moomaw, Graduate Education for International Environmental Management and Governance

UC Berkeley – Liz Carlisle and Noer Rachman, Green Governance

Yale University – Reid Lifset, Collaborative Industrial Ecology in Asia

3:30pm: Session Three: Sustainable Design Initiatives
Moderator/Discussant: Kurt Teichert, Brown University

RIT – Nabil Nasr, Sustainability Ph.D. Program

University of Texas at Austin – Steven Moore, Graduate Portfolio Program in Sustainability

UC Berkeley – Alice Agogino (Nabil Nasr will present), Sustainable Engineering through Green Design, Manufacturing, and Social Infrastructures

Williams College – Henry Art, Participatory and Empirical Teaching in a Curricular Initiative for Renewable Energy and Resource Sustainability

Yale University – Stephen Kellert, Bringing Buildings to Life

Saturday, November 6

9:00am: Session Four: Participatory, Experiential, Solutions-Based Programs
Moderator/Discussant: Caroline Karp, Brown University

Bucknell University – David Foreman and Cathy Myers, The Susquehanna River Initiative

College of the Atlantic – John Anderson, Coastal Ecology and Integrated Marine Studies

Dickinson College – Michael Heiman, Integrated Watershed-Based Field Semesters

Northland College – Alan Brew, Superior Connections

UC Santa Barbara – John Melack The Environmental Science to Solutions Initiative

Vermont Law School – Teresa Clemmer, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic

Washington University – Maxine Lipeles and Beth Martin, Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic

11:15am: Session Five: Managerial and Business Approaches
Moderator/Discussant: Angus Kingon, Brown University

Duke University – Deborah Rigling Gallagher, Duke Environmental Leadership Program

UC Santa Cruz – Daniel Press, Interdisciplinary Training in Environmental Management

University of Puget Sound – Daniel Sherman, Environmental Decision Making and Policy Initiative

University of Washington – Kevin Laverty, Environmental Management Program Keystone Projects

2:00pm: Breakout Groups by Theme
Interdisciplinary Initiatives – Joukowsky Forum (155)

International Initiatives – Birkelund Board Room (140)

Sustainable Design Initiatives – North Common Room (233)

Participatory, Experiential, Solutions-Based Programs – South Common Room (256)

Managerial and Business Approaches – Michael Kennedy’s office (244)

4:00pm: Report back, think forward

5:30pm: Final reception