Erik Assadourian, authority on cultures of sustainability: 31 January to 2 February 2017

27 January 2017.  The Environmental Studies programme at Yale-NUS College is delighted to host Mr Erik Assadourian from Tuesday, 31 January to Thursday, 2 February 2017. Mr Assadourian will give two public talks, visit several classes, and consult with students and faculty during his stay in Singapore.

Based out of Washington DC, Mr Assadourian is a prolific writer and esteemed scholar of sustainability. As a Senior Fellow of the Worldwatch Institute, Mr Assadourian has co-directed five editions of State of the World, including the upcoming State of the World 2017: EarthEd: Rethinking Education for Life on a Changing Planet. He also directs the institute’s Transforming Cultures project, which explores innovative ways to supplant the spread of consumerism with more enduring cultures of sustainability. One example is Mr Assadourian’s new reality TV/documentary series Yardfarmers, which follows a diverse set of six young Americans (ages 21-29) who move back home to transform their parents’ yards into productive local farms. Mr Assadourian is also no stranger to the classroom; he serves as an adjunct professor with Goucher College’s Environmental Studies graduate programme.

Mr Assadourian will discuss his current and future work during his visit, including State of the World 2017: EarthEd: Rethinking Education for Life on a Changing Planet. EarthEd explores the radical transformation required of global education in order to prepare young people for a changing world. The volume presents insights from over 50 experts from around the world to explore educational innovations that include place-based environmental education, socio-emotional learning, indigenous knowledge, systems thinking, and planning for a post-growth world. The essential claim of EarthEd is straightforward: As we rapidly degrade our planet, our educational systems must consciously foster the skills and knowledge necessary to cope with the likely social, economic, and ecologic consequences of rapid environmental change.

Mr Assadourian will be delivering two lectures at Yale-NUS College, on 1 and 2 of February.  On Wednesday, 1 February, he will address the topic of “Cultivating a Sustainable Culture.”  On Thursday, 2 February, he will draw on the forthcoming EarthEd volume in a talk entitled “Preparing for the EARTHED future (or How to Thrive on a Changing Planet).”  Both talks will be held in the Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre on the Yale-NUS campus from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m., and are open to the public.

By Matthew Bolden and Kei Franklin, YNC Class of 2017