Lewis & Clark (the school, not the explorers) is putting on its annual Environmental Affairs Symposium, October 2-4. The theme this year is: “Beyond Environmentalism? Debating New Ideas and Strategies.”

Michael Shellenberger, of “Death of Environmentalism” infamy, will be there. I got an email inviting “college faculty, undergraduate students, and environmental professionals from the region” to propose a talk on one of six topics.

Sounds like good fun if you’re in the Portland area. More information follows …

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Here’s the original invite:

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What are your thoughts on the “death of environmentalism,” a controversial proposal recently circulated by Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus? I’d like to invite you to share your ideas with others at Lewis & Clark’s 2006 Environmental Affairs Symposium, scheduled for October 2-4 on the theme “Beyond Environmentalism? Debating New Ideas and Strategies.” We are pleased to welcome Michael Shellenberger to our campus for the event, and wish for college faculty, undergraduate students, and environmental professionals from the region to join him in an exchange of scholarly views on the topic. We invite you to consider presenting a talk in one of six topical sessions including:

* Environmentalism: Birth, Death, and Future
* Climate: Time for a Change?
* Saving Species? Reconsidering Conservation in the Pacific Northwest
* Whose Nature? Taming a Wild Idea
* Local and Global: Rethinking Place
* New Political Strategies

Our first call was circulated in early May, but there is still room for you to participate: please submit a brief application form by the priority deadline of July 31. Feedback and invitations to submit full presentations will follow. The application form, and further details on Symposium sessions, are available at:


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I am hoping that this will be the first of many fruitful interactions Lewis & Clark sponsors among students, faculty, and environmental professionals in the region. Thanks for distributing this call to others, and thanks in advance for your participation. If any questions, please feel to contact me directly via email (jproctor@lclark.edu) or phone (503.768.7707).

Jim Proctor, Director
Environmental Studies Program – MSC 62
Lewis & Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Road
Portland OR 97219