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Dr. Orr’s talk is intended to be a follow up to one of his famous essays, “What is Education For” (published over 20 years ago). This essay was based in part on a commencement address to a graduating class at Arkansas College, and explored “six myths about the foundations of modern education, and six new principles to replace them.” His talk will seek to connect sustainability, education and politics through careful consideration of how and what the university community learn in an effort to achieve “ecological literacy” for all.

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Dr. David W. Orr is Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College. He is best known for his recent work in ecological design including his efforts to build a $7.2 million Environmental Studies Centre at Oberlin College. He also maintains a presence in the environmental literacy scene with four books and over 120 articles in scientific, social science, and popular journals.