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National Scholar in Environmental Studies to Speak on Environmental Change and Why It Matters

Salt Lake City-March 1, 2004-Westminster College will host a presentation by Mitchell Thomashow, director of the doctoral program in environmental studies at Antioch University New England, March 17 at 5:30 p.m. Thomashow will discuss "Observing Environmental Change: Why It Matters" in the Gore School of Business Auditorium, followed by a public reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Foster Hall Faculty Lounge. The event is open to the public at no charge.

Thomashow will discuss how educators, activists, and others can make global environmental issues more tangible and more approachable through a focus on everyday issues that affect both ecology and spirituality. Doing so, he says, requires a close attention to the natural history and spirit of place of one's immediate surroundings and a development of one's capacities for imagination and memory. An environmental view based in the local environment can then lead to an appreciation of global issues.

Based in New England, Thomashow is a nationally known leader in environmental education. He has published two books: Ecological Identity: Becoming Reflective and Bringing the Biosphere Home: Learning to Perceive Global Environmental Change. The latter addresses the themes of understanding global change, cultivating a biospheric perception, and learning to appreciate both dynamic change and continuity in the environment. He and his wife Cynthia, a specialist in environmental education, have helped mold Antioch New England's graduate program into a model of experiential education, activism, and "hands-on" discovery.

Mitchell Thomashow currently consults with organizations such as the Atlantic Center for the Environment, the Orion Society, the Coalition for the Environment and Jewish Life, and the Appalachian Mountain Club, working to help establish environmental education programs that focus on ecological identity. He is the founder and supervising editor of Whole Terrain, an editorial board member of Terra Nova, and a member of the advisory board of the Orion Society.

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