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INSPIRE Speaker Series: David Orr
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Inc.
December 13, 2012
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us for the third session of the INSPIRE Speaker Series with national expert David Orr!
THINKING BIG: INTERDISCIPLINARY SUSTAINABILITY LEARNING
"The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it." David Orr, Earth in Mind
Join us for the third session of the INSPIRE Speakers Series with national expert David Orr, a scholar, teacher, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur who spans fields as diverse as environment and politics, environmental education, campus greening, green building, ecological design, and climate change!
GBA and Phipps Conservatory are excited to host David Orr to speak about the value of integrating sustainability across the curriculum and engaging students with their local communities. As David explains in his book Ecological Literacy, the words "environmental education" imply education about the environment, often in a separate course or two within formal school settings. However, all education is environmental education due to the interconnectedness of all things, and thus of all academic disciplines. To be effective, education must reflect the ecological patterns that connect us all, and not be confined to separate subject areas or within the walls of our formal school settings.
In this inspirational talk, David will discuss the following concepts from his book, Ecological Literacy:
David will share stories from Oberlin College, where students have gained specific capacities, practical skills, analytic abilities, and a commitment to civic engagement due to participation in multi-disciplinary courses and hands-on community projects to address problems of sustainability. The two most notable projects include:
David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Special Assistant to the President of Oberlin College. He is the recipient of six honorary degrees and other awards including The Millennium Leadership Award from Global Green, the Bioneers Award, the National Wildlife Federation Leadership Award, a Lyndhurst Prize acknowledging "persons of exceptional moral character, vision, and energy." Read more about David’s background and experience. He is the author of seven books and co-editor of three others. His first book, Ecological Literacy (SUNY, 1992), was described as a "true classic" by Garrett Hardin. A second book, Earth in Mind (1994/2004) is praised by people as diverse as biologist E. O. Wilson and writer, poet, and farmer, Wendell Berry. Both are widely read and used in hundreds of colleges and universities. The Essential David Orr (Island Press, 2010) is a collection of his writings from 1985 to 2010.
For the December lecture only, guests of the Inspire Speakers Series will have a chance to explore Candlelight Evenings at Phipps! After you hear our amazing lecture from David Orr, stroll around the halls of Phipps and be enchanted by the Winter Flower Show & Winter Light Garden. You’ll be surrounded by live music, twinkling lights, and beautiful flowers! What better way to spend a cold winter evening? Phipps will remain open until 10 p.m. Don’t miss your opportunity to hear an amazing speaker and enjoy this special treat, all for one low price!
For group rates and scholarship information, please contact Jenna Cramer.
* GBA thanks David Orr for offering his extensive knowledge on this topic, which was originally scheduled with David Sobel, who had to postpone his trip to Pittsburgh due to a personal conflict. David Sobel will be joining us in Pittsburgh in 2013. Stay posted for more information!
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