Asian Environmental Studies Workshop – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Asian Environmental Studies Workshop

As part of its Asian Environmental Studies Initiative, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host its second Asian Environmental Studies (AES) Curriculum Development Workshop, Monday, Aug. 19 through Wednesday, Aug. 21. Paul Barber, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California at Los Angeles, will present the keynote address to approximately 30 attendees from throughout the U.S. Barber is a marine biologist who works in Indonesia’s Coral Triangle.

“The goal of the workshop is to help teacher scholars who lack specialized expertise in Eastern Asia to navigate the potential pitfalls inherent in incorporating East Asian case studies and other material into their teaching and research,” explains Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee, who is leading the workshop with Robin Lewis, the Colleges’ Luce Environmental Studies Postdoctoral Fellow. “The workshop will make attendees aware of reliable points of departure for engaging in teaching and research about environmental issues in East Asia.”

Main themes discussed will include water, energy, waste and food. The Colleges hosted the first Asian Environmental Studies Curriculum Development Workshop in October of 2011. Participating in this event are teacher scholars from the Northeast to the West Coast.

“Asia is home to more than one third of the world’s population and is the source of some of its greatest rivers and, right now, it is the manufacturing hub of the world to which we’ve outsourced much of our pollution,” explains Magee. “As we struggle with the big question of global sustainability, we can’t make headway on those questions without a serious understanding of human environmental issues in East Asia.”

More information can be found on the Asian Environmental Studies website.

Caption: Construction of the Xiaowan Dam site on the upper Mekong in China taken by Magee in 2004. Xiaowan, now complete, is the tallest arch dam in the world at 292 m.