One Day Symposium – Culture, Climate, and Change in East Asia – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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One Day Symposium – Culture, Climate, and Change in East Asia

On Saturday, Feb. 2, the HWS Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the Environmental Studies Program, in conjunction with the Freeman Foundation, are sponsoring a one day symposium titled “One Half the World Part II: Culture, Climate, and Change in East Asia.”

This conference is designed as a follow-up to the weekend symposium that was held in March 2006, as a continuation of the discussion of the ramifications of the rapid industrialization occurring in that part of the world.

“That went so well that we wanted to follow it up with another session,” says Associate Professor of Economics and Director of Environmental Studies Thomas Drennen.

“It’s aimed at students, faculty, local teachers and students, and the community. It’s also a great opportunity for us to introduce our newest faculty member in Environmental Studies – Darrin Magee, who specializes in the issues surrounding dam construction in China.”

Topics include “Great Walls and Grand Canals: Major Water Infrastructure in China”; “International Climate Change Negotiations: The China Factor”; “Eco-cities, Green Communities, and Environmental Governance in China”; “Japan’s Search for Sustainability: A Decade of Transformations”; “Japan’s Kamioka Mine: Engineering Human Pain in the Hybrid Environments of the Jinzu River Basin”; and “Trade Growth, Production Fragmentation, and China’s Environment.”

Drennen and Magee will be joined by speakers from around the country and around the world, including Alana Boland, from the geography department at the University of Toronto; Mary Lovely, associate professor of economics at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; Miranda Schreuers, director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre and Professor of Comparative Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin; and Brett Walker, department chair of the Department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Library Atrium; coffee and donuts will be provided. The lectures will begin at 9 a.m. and will break at 12:15 p.m. for lunch. They will resume at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

There will be no charge for student registration without meals. Student registration including lunch will be $20. Registration for the general public with lunch only will be $25; registration including continental breakfast, boxed lunch, and dinner, will be $50. For information about the symposium or registering, contact Judy Mahoney in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures in Stern Hall at (315) 781-3179/3579 or at

A story about the event was featured in the Sunday, Jan. 27 edition of the Finger Lakes Times; read One-day symposium focuses on change in Asia.