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Period Beginning: Monday, September 1
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  "On Frank Golley's international and interdisciplinary insights for a 21st century Earth Stewardship based on environmental ethics" by Dr. Alan Covich
 

Join EECP faculty member Dr. Alan Covich for a discussion of the profound influence Dr. Frank Golley had on broader conceptions of ecology. Frank was one of the founders of the EECP. Current interest in developing a worldview to enhance Earth stewardship recognizes the importance of a multicultural perspective based on environmental ethics and a global understanding of the value of biodiversity and ecosystem processes. Frank Golley was a champion in developing and implementing ecosystem concepts based on "nature-centered thinking". His environmental ethics-based principles emphasized "connectedness" among people and their environment that included the value of cultural differences in responding to natural and human-driven disturbances.

We are holding this seminar at the Special Collections Library to be able to view some of the archival material Dr. Covich has been using. Currently the Special Collections Library houses more than 100 boxes of archives spanning Dr. Golley's career.

 
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  "Ecology and ethics of the elephant-human relationship" by Dr. Raman Sukumar
 

The elephant has shared a complex relationship with people through Asian history. From being a source of food and an agricultural pest through its role as a beast of burden, a war machine, a cultural icon, a sacred animal, a trade commodity, and an object of public display, the elephant has profoundly influenced the course of Asian civilizations. I shall successively trace this elephant-human relationship through successive stages in history the stone age, the Indus civilization, the Vedic period, the Mauryan empire, the Buddhist culture, the mediaeval Hindu world, the Islamic period, the colonial period and post-independent Asia. I would argue that the nature of the elephant-human relationship has been shaped by the specific ecological and socio-political conditions at various stages in Asian history. The ethics of this historical relationship is being increasingly questioned in the contemporary use of the captive elephant in circuses, temple festivities, and tourism. I shall conclude by outlining the roles of the elephant in the wild and in captivity in the modern world.

Dr. Sukumar is a professor at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

This seminar is co-sponsored by the Odum School of Ecology, the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program, and the Georgia Natural History Museum.

 
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  "Southern Sprawl and Environmental Ethics"
 

This seminar will be a general discussion of the paper "The Southern Megalopolis: Using the Past to Predict the Future of Urban Sprawl in the Southeast U.S.," by A. J. Terando et al. The paper appeared in July 2014 in the journal PLoS ONE.

The paper may be downloaded in its entirety at:

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0102261

 
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