Students, faculty and several guests and lecturers attended “One Half the World Part II: Culture, Climate, and Change in East Asia” on Saturday, Feb. 2 on the HWS campus. Talks ranged from dam construction in China to movements toward sustainability in Japan and the effects of the increase of China’s trade on its environment.
Associate Professor of Economics and Director of Environmental Studies Thomas Drennen was one of six presenters, offering a talk on “International Climate Change Negotiations: The China Factor.” Other speakers came from the University of Toronto, Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the Freie Universität in Berlin, and Montana State University.
The conference’s opening speech, “Great Walls and Grand Canals: Major Water Infrastructure in China,” was delivered by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee, one of the newest members of the faculty.
Each lecture reserved time for questions from the audience and the series as a whole was followed by a panel discussion that allowed the audience to further interact with the speakers. “The panel discussion at the end was really engaging,” says Dave Haughey ’09, a biology major. “I think everyone took something away, as well as contributed something to the group dialogue.
“It was a great experience to receive so many varied viewpoints about the issues facing Asia from the perspectives of experts in the field as well as faculty and students here at the Colleges.”
The symposium was hosted by the HWS Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the Environmental Studies Program, in conjunction with the Freeman Foundation. The event was 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.