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Ohio Wesleyan to Explore Cultivating a Green Campus During 2008-09 Sagan National Colloquium

August 25, 2008

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DELAWARE, OHIO – Whether you’re more of a greenhorn or a green giant when it comes to understanding the environment, Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2008-09 Sagan National Colloquium is designed to help you better understand and interact with your world.

Each year, the Colloquium spotlights an issue of global significance. This year’s Colloquium will examine “Cultivating a Green Campus: Promoting Sustainability and Environmental Understanding on the OWU Campus and in the Delaware Community.”

The Colloquium will include a series of fall and spring lectures, as well as special workshop-style presentations to teach people about different aspects of creating and sustaining healthier environments. All events are free and open to the public.

In addition, Ohio Wesleyan students will work throughout the school year to identify and implement initiatives to make the university’s 200-acre campus a greener place to live and work.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for people to learn more about the environment and then to act on what they learn,” said Charles L. Stinemetz, dean of academic affairs. “The interactivity adds an exciting new dimension to our annual Colloquium.”

Fall semester speakers for Ohio Wesleyan’s Sagan National Colloquium are:

  • Sept. 10Bill McKibben, author of “Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future.” The book—hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “masterfully crafted, deeply thoughtful, and mind-expanding”—argues for regions to produce more of their own food, generate more of their own energy, and create more of their own culture and entertainment. McKibben is a frequent contributor to publications including The New York Times, Orion, and Rolling Stone. He will speak at 7:30 p.m. in University Hall’s Gray Chapel, 61 S. Sandusky St.
  • Sept. 30David W. Orr, Ph.D., the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and a James Marsh Professor at large at the University of Vermont. Orr is best known for his work on environmental literacy in higher education and his work on ecological design. Orr oversaw efforts to build a $7.2 million Environmental Studies Center at Oberlin, a building described by the U.S. Department of Energy as one of 30 “milestone buildings” of the 20th century. He is the author of five books including “Design on the Edge: The Making of a High Performance Building.” Orr will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Rooms at Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.
  • Nov. 10Anne Clifford, Ph.D., associate professor of theology at Duquesne University. Clifford’s research and writing interests include feminist theology and the relationship of theology to the natural sciences. She is the author of “Introducing Feminist Theology,” winner of a 2002 Catholic Press Association award, and of nearly 20 articles on theology and science, ecological theology, and other topics. Clifford will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Rooms at Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.
  • Nov. 19Woodrow W. Clark II, Ph.D., senior fellow at the Milken Institute and a lecturer in sustainable development at the University of California, Riverside. Clark also serves as executive director of the Alternative Energy Center at the Heckmann International Center for Entrepreneurial Management in Palm Desert, Calif. He is a co-editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the organization created by the United Nations that was named co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He also is the co-author of “Agile Energy Systems: Global Lessons from the California Energy Crisis.” Clark will speak at 7:30 p.m. in University Hall’s Gray Chapel, 61 S. Sandusky St.

Established in 1984, Ohio Wesleyan’s Sagan National Colloquium was endowed in 1999 by John and Margaret (Pickett) Sagan, both 1948 university graduates. The late John Sagan also served as chairman of the Ohio Wesleyan Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1984. Past Colloquium speakers have included President Gerald Ford, Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, and author Kurt Vonnegut.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.