July 11 to July 24, 2010 at St John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
This intensive two-week program explores global sustainability from many perspectives with particular focus on social ramifications. With enrollment limited to 30 participants, the school will include participants from a wide range of disciplines and professions.
The program in 2010 will look at questions in sustainability more broadly and focus on the interaction between human well-being and the natural and social environment. Issues addressed will include how we can control global warming while achieving a more equitable distribution of wealth, achieving economic growth in underdeveloped countries while maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services, the efficacy of technological vs. cultural solutions, collective social phenomena such as migration to cities and environmentally caused social unrest, and methods for bringing about social change to foster sustainability. What are best strategies for re-inventing urbanity and rurality, that is, what is the future of settlements and the appropriate use of the world's land?
The 2010 school builds on the experience of last year’s school and places even more emphasis on interaction between the students and lecturers and on student projects. Students will build tools such as agent-based and systems dynamics models that may have future real-world applications. They will produce a series of student debates during the event that will subsequently be widely distributed on the Web. They will write summaries of the lectures which will be published as a book, and in addition each student will produce an op-ed piece to be appear in his/her local media.
The program consists of lectures, interactive sessions, and group discussions. Participants are expected to attend the program for the full two weeks. All activities will be conducted in English.
A general overview of structure, study topics, participants and lecturers can be gained by reviewing last year's wiki page.
A full description of 2010 program activities and faculty can be found.
No tuition is charged, 100% of housing and meals are covered. Students must provide their own travel funding.
Applicants are welcome from all countries. Applications are solicited from advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior and senior faculty in any discipline, as well as individuals from government agencies and the private sector. Enrollment is limited. Women, minorities and students from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.
For further information, please contact or Barbara Ventrello (505) 946-2726.
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