Ideas Matter lecture focuses on water disputes and conflict resolution approaches


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Aaron Wolf, an Oregon State University geography professor who is an international expert on conflicts about water, will give a talk on “Healing the Enlightenment Rift: New Directions for Transforming Environmental Conflicts” on Thursday, Feb. 3, on the OSU campus.

The free, public lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Owen Hall Room 102.

After setting the modern context for water conflict and cooperation, Wolf will document the geography of what he calls the “Enlightenment Rift” – the process by which westernized nations separated out the worlds of rationality from spirituality – and the impact of this rift on ideas related to natural resources management.

Wolf is a professor in the Department of Geosciences at OSU and director of the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation. He specializes in the study of water conflicts and new approaches to conflict resolution. He has acted as consultant to the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank and several governments on various aspects of international water resources and dispute resolution.

Ideas Matter is sponsored by the OSU Department of Philosophy, The Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture, and several other campus organizations.

For more information on the lecture series, go to: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/philosophy