The Environmental Semester
presents a


Friday & Saturday
April 3 & 4, 1998

Residential College
University of Michigan



Friday, April 3
Residential College Auditorium
(Located on the corner of E. University & Hill Street)

3:30 pm "Environmental Education: Failure and Success"
Susan Jacobson, Associate Professor
Department of Wildlife Conservation
Director, Program for Studies in Tropical
University of Florida

4:30 pm "Education by Watershed"
David Robertson
Professor of English
Former Director, Program on Nature & Culture
University of California, Davis

Dinner Break

8:00 pm "Ecological Design, Higher Education, and the Challenge of Global Change"
David Orr
Professor of Environmental Studies
Chair, Program in Environmental Studies
Oberlin College

Saturday, April 4
Residential College, Room 126

9:00 am Panel Discussion
Susan Jacobson
David Orr
David Robertson

10:15 am Coffee Break

10:30 am Breakout Groups

11:30 am Reporting Session

12:00 am Lunch available in Residential College
Dining Room

1:30 pm Field Trip:
Those attending Saturday's session are invited to join the organizers of the Forum on a guided tour of the University of Michigan's George Reserve (a 1300-acre, fenced preserve maintained since 1931), about thirty minutes west of Ann Arbor, leaving from the Residential College at 1:30 pm. Maps will be provided.

This Forum is one of the culminating events of the Environmental Semester, an effort to focus attention on environmental issues through related courses, exhibits, visiting lecturers and writers, and a variety of special events. It is intended to stimulate a rethinking of the possibilities for environmental education at the University and in the larger community.

More about our speakers:

Susan Jacobson has worked and pursued research interests in Africa, Malaysia, and Latin American and has published widely on conservation education and the human dimensions of wildlife management. Her books include Conserving Wildlife (1995) and Communication Skills for Conservation Professionals, forthcoming from Island Press.

David Orr has argued the case for environmental awareness in wide-ranging writings that draw upon perspectives from ecology and economics as well as higher education. His books include The Campus and Environmental Responsibility (1992), Ecological Literacy, (1992) and Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect (1994).

David Robertson has explored the meaning of bioregionalism in his teaching, his writing, and his photography, which has been exhibited in the Midwest as well as in the West. His books include West of Eden: A History of the Art and Literature of Yosemite (1984), Real Matter (1997), and Photo and World (1997).

For more information, please contact the Environmental Theme Semester Office at 734.647.1122 or email us at

Sponsored by the College of Literature, Science, & the Arts and the School of Natural Resources and Environment.