CORVALLIS - A lecture series examining the legacy of noted environmentalist Aldo Leopold will begin Oct. 1 at Oregon State University.
"The Ethical Legacy of Aldo Leopold" will include 11 lectures by prominent scientists, ethicists, environmentalists, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, and the daughter of Aldo Leopold as part of the 1998 Ideas Matter lecture series, sponsored by OSU's Department of Philosophy.
The series dovetails with a new initiative at OSU, funded by a $1.5 million grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, to train Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows. The university will operate this new program to train "scientist communicators" for the future in an effort to improve the flow of accurate, credible scientific information to policy makers and the general public on critical issues of the environment.
The lecture series will begin with a talk on Oct. 1 by Jane Lubchenco, holder of the Wayne and Glady's Valley Professor of Marine Biology chair at OSU, and former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Lubchenco's lecture, "Thinking Like an Ocean: Extending Leopold's Land Ethic to the Sea," will begin at 4 p.m. in Weniger Hall Room 153. She will be introduced by OSU President Paul Risser.
All lectures in the series are free and open to the public.
The entire schedule for "The Ethical Legacy of Aldo Leopold" series follows:
- Oct. 1
"Thinking Like an Ocean: Extending Leopold's Land Ethic to the Sea," by Jane Lubchenco, Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology at OSU, 4 p.m.,. Weniger Hall Room 153.
- Oct. 8
"Aldo Leopold: The Man and His Work," by Peter List, professor of philosophy, OSU, 4 p.m., Memorial Union 208.
- Oct. 15
"The Land Ethic: Key Philosophical and Scientific Challenges," by J. Baird Callicott, associate professor of philosophy, University of North Texas, 4 p.m., Memorial Union 208.
- Oct. 22
"Aldo Leopold, St. Benedict and the Spirituality of Reading," by Chris Anderson, professor of English, OSU, 4 p.m., Memorial Union 208.
- Oct. 27
"Of Paradigms and Philosophies: Aldo Leopold and the Search for a Sustainable Future," by Dale McCullough, holder of the A. Starker Leopold Chair and professor of ecology at the University of California-Berkeley, 4 p.m., Cordley Hall 2113.
- Oct. 29
"Gratitude to Trees: Buddhist Resource Management in Asia and California," by Gary Snyder, professor of English, University of California-Davis and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, 7:30 p.m., Austin Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center.
- Nov. 5
"The Ethics of Integrity," by Laura Westra, professor of philosophy, University of Windsor, 4 p.m., Memorial Union 208.
- Nov. 10
"Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic: Challenges for Foresters Today and in the 21st Century," by Jim Boyle, professor of forest resources, OSU, 4 p.m.,Ag and Life Sciences Building Room 4001.
- Nov. 12
"Wetlands, Woodlots, and Native Prairies: Beauty in Leopold's Land Aesthetic," by Flo Leibowitz, professor of philosophy, OSU, 4 p.m., Memorial Union 208.
- Nov. 17
"Leopold, Lopez, and the Pawnee Indians: Locating the Niobrara River in Time and Space," by Kurt Peters, professor of ethnic studies, OSU, 4 p.m., Memorial Union 208.
- Nov. 19
"Leopold's Legacy in Education," by Estella Leopold, professor of botany and plant pathology, University of Washington, and daughter of Aldo Leopold, 7:30 p.m., Ag and Life Sciences Building Room 4001.