Fall 2009- Spring 2010: “Learning to Live Responsibly in an Irresponsible Time”

September 22, 2009: “ The New Global Citizen-Consumer: Brining Social Responsibility to Everyday Life” with Dr Ellis Jones

The Better World Handbook is the only comprehensive guide for socially and environmentally responsible consumers available. This book ranks every product on the shelf from A to F so you can quickly tell the “good guys” from the “bad guys,” turning your grocery list into a powerful tool to change the world. Representing over 15 years of distilled research, data are organized into the most common product categories including coffee, energy bars, soda, chocolate, juice, pet care, supermarkets, bottled water and more. Also included is a summary of the essential information about particular product categories, profiles of the best and worst companies, practical buying tips and the most useful online resources available. Whether you believe in environmental sustainability, human rights, animal rotection, community involvement or social justice, this talk is for you! The event is about turning lofty ideals about a more ecologically balanced and socially just world into easy, effective, everyday actions.

October 14, 2009: “Dr Vandana Shiva: Beyond Dead Democracy and Killing Economies”

Dr. Vandana Shiva is a physicist and philosopher of science deeply engaged in the ecological, social and economic
struggles of subsistence workers in India. Her work is deeply interdisciplinary, drawing on indigenous knowledge systems, feminist studies, philosophy, physics and the hard sciences, environmental studies, postcolonial and deconstructionist theory and much more. Dr. Shiva is the author of many books, including: Soil Not Oil; Water Wars: Pollution, Profits and Privatization; Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply; Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge; Monocultures of the Mind; and Staying Alive. She is director of the Research Foundation on Science, Technology and Ecology, the vice president of Slow Food International and the founder of a new movement for biodiversity conservation and farmers' rights in India called Navdanya.

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November 17, 2009: “Navigating Contested Perspectives on Social Responsibility: The Challenges of Being Authentic, Civil and Sustainable Across Differences” with Nadinne Cruz

As a pioneering leader in community-based learning, Nadinne Cruz has been an advocate and practitioner of service-learning across diverse institutions of higher education. At the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, Nadinne led a consortium of 18 colleges and universities to develop community-based learning programs. At Stanford University, Nadinne directed the Haas Center for Public Service and taught service-learning courses in Urban Studies. She is co-author of Service-Learning: A Movement’s Pioneers Reflect on its Origins, Practice and Future (1999) and is the recipient of many awards. Now an independent consultant, Nadinne works with colleges and universities across the U.S.