New Series Begins


Contributed by Rosalie Fitzgerald

The yearlong lecture series "Engaging Democracy and Troubling the Water" will kick off with three evenings of lectures exploring issues of citizenship, activism, and the environment.

Paul Loeb will speak on Tuesday, September 16, at 7:00 p.m. in Klingenstein Lounge. Loeb is the author of Soul of a Citizen, a powerful examination of "how ordinary citizens can make their voices heard and their actions count in a time when we're often told neither matter."

On the following evening, at 7:00 p.m. in Park Hall Auditorium, Edward Quevado will speak on "Activism, Democracy, and the Role of the University in Troubled Times." Quevado is an attorney, professor, and director of an environmental consulting company that advises domestic and international clients on how to develop sustainable management systems.

Sandra Steingraber, the Visiting Distinguished Scholar this year at Ithaca College, will speak on Thursday, the final evening, at 7:00 p.m. in Park Hall Auditorium. An internationally recognized expert on the environmental links to cancer and reproductive health, Steingraber will discuss her research and its implications for health care policy making.

Future speakers will address issues of race, education, and the media as part of an effort, cosponsored by the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Office of the Provost, to generate a campus dialogue about some of the key issues involving democratic societies in the 21st century.

More information and a printable schedule can be found online at the Engaging Democracy and Troubling the Water web page.

Contributed by Peter Bardaglio, Provost/VPAA