Sustainability Café on September 23 will explore “edu-tourism” in Nicaragua


Contributed by Marian Brown

The Sustainability Café on Monday, September 23th will feature Dr. Michael Smith presenting “Building Community through ‘ EduTourism’ in Nicaragua.”  The Café will be held in Center for Natural Sciences Room 112 at 4:00PM, in conjunction with the Environmental Seminar. The Fall 2013 Sustainability Café/Environmental Seminar series is focused on the concept of “Citizens + Community = Healthy Environment.” 

Michael Smith, associate professor of history, co-edited a volume titled Citizenship Across the Curriculum (Indiana University Press, 2010), which he feels best represents how he envisions his role in postsecondary education. He states that he became a college teacher for two principal reasons: to help produce liberally-educated, civically-engaged college graduates and to help build a more sustainable society.  Dr. Smith’s sabbatical in 2012-13 was devoted to several projects, including participation in and study of several sustainability initiatives in a rural community in Nicaragua.

“Teachable edibles” – local, organic and/or seasonal snacks – for the Fall 2013 Sustainability Café series are being sponsored by Ithaca College Dining Services whose motto is “Sustainability – Healthy – Fresh.” Please bring your reusable mug and fill up at the nearest drinking fountain or provide your own beverage of choice.

This event is free and open to the public.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Marian Brown at 607-274-3787 or We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Drink in a new way to think in the Sustainability Café.