David Orr, known for his work on environmental literacy in higher education and his recent work in ecological design, will present "Education in a 'Black Swan' World: The Critical Imperative for Ecological Literacy" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in 322 McGuffey Hall.
Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and special assistant to the president of Oberlin College. He is author of Ecological Literacy (1992), described as a “true classic” and used in hundreds of colleges and universities.
He is author of six other books including Earth in Mind (1994/2004), The Nature of Design: Ecology, Culture and Human Intention (2004) and Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (2009).
In 1996 he organized the effort to design the first substantially green building on a U.S. college campus. Oberlin’s Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies was later named by the U.S. Department of Energy as “One of Thirty Milestone Buildings in the 20th Century.”
He is currently involved in The Oberlin Project, part of the Climate Positive Development Program launched by former President Bill Clinton. The project aims to turn a 13-acre piece of land Oberlin College owns in downtown Oberlin into a LEED-Platinum neighborhood.
Orr has received the Millennium Leadership Award from Global Green, the Bioneers Award, the National Wildlife Federation Leadership Award and a Lyndhurst Prize acknowledging “persons of exceptional moral character, vision, and energy.”
The lecture is sponsored by the School of Education, Health and Society with support from many other campus offices. A reception will follow the talk.