June 22, 2011

Wayne Ouderkirk, SUNY Empire State College Faculty, Participates at NEH Sustainability Institute

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – May 27, 2011) – Wayne Ouderkirk, of Lake Luzerne, a professor of philosophy and environmental studies at SUNY Empire State College, has been invited to participate at an interdisciplinary institute focused on sustainability and other environmental issues, sponsored by the National Endowment on the Humanities in August. The invitation was based on a national competitive application process.

“I am honored to have been invited to take part in this program on such timely and important topics. I look forward to sharing ideas and scholarship with other college and university faculty from around the country, as well as interacting in a meaningful way with the institute’s core faculty,” said Ouderkirk.

“The core faculty are prominent thinkers in their fields, and I am pleased to be among such good company.”

The program, “Rethinking the Land Ethic: Sustainability and the Humanities,” is hosted by Arizona State University's Institute for Humanities Research and held at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Ariz.

The institute is four weeks long, with each week having a different humanities focus, led by a "core faculty" member who is a widely known figure in their discipline.

Week 1: History of Conservation and Sustainability, led by Julianne Lutz Warren, scholar of Aldo Leopold's work and conservation history

Week 2: Literature and Native American Views, led by Simon Ortiz, writer, poet and scholar of indigenous literature

Week 3: Religion, led by religious studies scholar Bron Taylor

Week 4: Environmental Ethics, led by philosopher Bryan Norton

The institute comprises extensive reading lists, seminars with the faculty, discussion, small group work, field trips that illustrate some aspect of the week's topic and each participant works on his/her own project throughout the program (either a course or a publication).

For more, please go to: < http://leopold.asu.edu/sustainability/welcome>

About SUNY Empire State College

Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. For more on the 40th anniversary, please follow this link.


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