Reimagining the Good Life: Sustainability Ethics in Theory and Practice

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Breakfast 8:30 AM
Keynote 9:00 AM
Session I 10:00 AM
Session II 11:30 AM

Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College
47-49 East 65th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues)
New York, NY 10065

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L-R: Dale Jamieson, Sahotra Sarkar, Evelyn Brister, Kyle Powys Whyte, Samuel Truett

Please join us for a half-day conference on sustainability ethics and resilience. The conference, scheduled Wednesday, April 18, 2018, brings together philosophers and other environmental theorists to address questions at the intersection of sustainability, philosophy, and ethics. These questions include: How can we revise our idea of “the good life” to promote sustainability? How do we balance our responsibilities toward future generations against our responsibilities to those alive now? What are the possibilities and prospects for indigenous environmental resistance? Finally, what are our moral obligations in an era in which we can no longer rely exclusively on our governments to solve our most urgent environmental problems?

Conference Schedule

8:30 to 9:00 AM – Breakfast

9:00 to 10:00 AM – Keynote Address: Who’s Responsible for Climate Change?

Dale Jamieson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, New York University

1o:oo to 10:25 AM – Session I: What New Conservation Should Be

Sahotra Sarkar, Professor of Integrative Biology and of Philosophy,  University of Texas at Austin

10:25 to 10:55 AM – Session I: Sustainability, Forests, and Forks in the Road

Evelyn Brister, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology

10:50 to 11:15 AM – General discussion

11:15 to 11:30 AM – Coffee break

11:30 to 11:55 AM – Session II: Critical Investigations of Resilience and Justice: Indigenous Environmental Studies

Kyle Powys Whyte, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, Michigan State University

11:55 AM to 12:20 PM – Session II: Rethinking the Global Past to Imagine a Sustainable Planetary Future

Samuel Truett, Associate Professor of History, University of New Mexico

12:20 to 12:45 PM – General discussion


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