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Eban Goodstein is Director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, which grants M.S. Degrees in Environmental Policy and Climate Science and Policy. He also directs the Bard MBA in Sustainability. Professor Goodstein holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Geology from Williams College. Goodstein is the author of three books: Economics and the Environment, (John Wiley and Sons: 2010) now in its sixth edition; Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming (University Press of New England: 2007); and The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment (Island Press: 1999). Articles by Goodstein have appeared in among other outlets, The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, Ecological Economics, and Environmental Management. His research has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Scientific American, Time, The Economist, USA Today, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and he has testified in Congress on the employment impacts of environmental regulation. He serves on the editorial board of Sustainability: The Journal of Record, is an Advisor to Chevrolet on their Clean Energy Initiative, is on the Steering Committee of Economics for Equity & the Environment, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Follett Corporation. In recent years, Goodstein coordinated a series of national educational events around climate change, engaging over 2,500 colleges, universities, and K-12 schools in solutions-based dialogue.
How do we educate in a world that is unraveling and transforming? What resources and vision can education bring to our current cultural shifts and our work for ecological resilience? The idea that higher education can play a pivotal role in addressing environmental and social crises may seem bold, but when we look at the science and math around climate change (as just one example), few current proposals for addressing this problem seem bold enough to offset the predicted rise in Earthâ€™s temperature. This talk will consider Thomas Berryâ€™s statement that â€œEcology is not a course; is not a program. Ecology is the context for all courses and all programs.â€ Might education be central to safeguarding the sustainability of the earth over the next few centuries? And might this overarching mission provide energy and vision to students individually and to institutions of higher education generally? In his last months, Martin Luther King Jr. put forth a call to â€˜planetize the movementâ€™ and create a worldwide culture of peace and justice. In light of the ecological problems of our time, how might education serve to â€˜planetize the studentâ€™ and prepare upcoming generations to engage our most pressing challenges? This talk will explore the potential for positive social and ecological change and the role of students and teachers in providing wisdom and guidance for our moment in history. Drew Dellinger, Ph.D., is an internationally known speaker, poet, writer, and teacher whose keynotes and poetry performancesâ€”which address ecology, justice, cosmology, and connectednessâ€”have inspired minds and hearts around the world. He is also a consultant, filmmaker, and founder of Planetize the Movement. Dellinger has presented at over 1,200 events across the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. He has spoken and performed at numerous conferencesâ€”including Bioneers, the Green Festival, the Dream Reborn, and the Parliament of the Worldâ€™s Religionsâ€”as well as colleges and universities, poetry venues, protests, and places of worship. Dellingerâ€™s award-winning book of poems, Love Letter to the Milky Way, now in its sixth printing, has readers in dozens of countries on six continents. Dellingerâ€™s work has appeared in films, books, anthologies, and magazinesâ€”from The New York Times magazine to YES!, Tikkun, Kosmos, and others. His poems have been cited and quoted in venues ranging from prison workshops to climate change hearings before the US Congress. As a consultant, Dellinger was a core developer and designer of the Pachamama Allianceâ€™s Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium, now used in 70 countries, in 13 languages. Dellinger holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religion from CIIS, and has taught and lectured at numerous colleges and universities including John F. Kennedy University, where he was Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Social Ecology. Dellinger has been called â€œa national treasure,â€ by Joanna Macy, â€œa deep and courageous poet,â€ by Alice Walker and â€œone of the most creative, courageous and prophetic voices of his generation,â€ by Cornel West.