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Read a letter from BCEP's future director, Eban Goodstein.
Dear Prospective BCEP student,
I am writing to let you know that I will be the new Director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy next fall. I wanted to tell you a little about myself, why I am coming to Bard, and why I hope you will as well!
About me: I am currently a Professor of Economics at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. I have written a few books, including Economics and the Environment, a text some of you may have used. For the last three years I have been running The National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions--set for February 5th. (The 2008 teach-in was called Focus the Nation). This year over 800 colleges, universities, high schools and other institutions are participating in this national brainstorm on catalyzing the clean energy revolution that can stop global warming.
Why am I packing up and moving my family to Bard next summer? Because your generation has a profound responsibility to see us all through to a sustainable future. By the time you reach my age (49!) you will bring an end to the fossil fuel era. You will rewire the entire planet with clean energy technologies, redesign every city on earth, re-imagine the global food system, re-invent transportation. In doing all that, you will create tens of millions of jobs, help lift billions of people out of poverty, and stabilize the global climate.
I took the job at BCEP because I believe that to prepare for the work ahead, you need the highest quality education and training that my generation can provide. Bard has a unique integrated curriculum. At no other masters program in the country will you find faculty with expertise in the sciences, politics and economics collaborating so closely to deliver a year of intense and demanding graduate courses in environmental policy. We admit a very small class, insuring excellent access both to your professors, and to cutting-edge research. Following your course work, internships provide high-level engagement and hands-on practice. And through the thesis experience, you will leave the program with deep expertise in your field of choice.
Bottom line: BCEP is training leaders for the heroic tasks that face your generation, and I am excited and honored to be a part of that effort.
Hope to see you in the Hudson Valley next fall!
Professor of Economics, Lewis & Clark College
Future Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
This event was last updated on 03-05-2009