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Bard Center for Environmental Policy Will Host a Three-Day Conference, January 31–February 2, on Water, Forests, and Communities in Asia

Darren O'Sullivan

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — From January 31 to February 2, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (Bard CEP) will host a three-day conference on improving the opportunities to link the study of Asia with its natural environment. With support of the Henry Luce Foundation, Bard College is exploring opportunities for intensive research, experiential education, service learning, and student and faculty exchange partnerships in China, Japan, and South Korea. The conference, Water, Forests, and Communities in Asia, focuses on how field experiences, cross-university connections, and NGO linkages inform higher education curricula in Asian studies, environmental studies, and other relevant disciplines, across departments, and between the undergraduate and graduate programs. Faculty, students and staff from neighboring institutions are invited to participate in a three-day exploration of the question: what are the opportunities for experiential education and east-west partnerships to better link the study of Asia with the natural environment?  

The conference will include a discussion of case studies that focus on water and watershed management, forests, and communities. Keynote speakers and topics include: Minghua Chen of Nanchang University on Poyang Lake challenges; Machiko Nishino, former president, Lake Biwa Restoration Institute, and professor, Biwa Seika Sports University, on restoration experience at Lake Biwa; T.J. Lah of Yonsei University on Korean sustainability policies; Hu Tao of the World Resources Institute on environmental policy in China; Jon Schwartz of New York City DEP on Ecosystem Services; and Chris Coggins from Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College, on feng shui forests in China. Registration costs are $80 for the full conference. Students may attend at no cost, but should register for the days they wish to attend. For more information or to register, e-mail or call Josephine French at or 845-758-7085 or visit Payment by check or money order only. Please submit checks, payable to Bard College, and send them to: Josephine French; Center for Environmental Policy; Bard College, 30 Campus Road; Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504.

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This event was last updated on 01-24-2013