MONDAY, MAY 23: Introduction, Realities and Importance of Environmental Issues, Focus on Sustainable Agriculture
8:45 a.m. – Continental breakfast (Laminan Lounge, Olin Center)
Unless otherwise noted, the following events will be held in Olin 002, on the ground floor of the Olin Center
9:00 a.m. – Welcome & Introductions (Julie Dobrow & Colin Orians)
- What is our educational mission?
- Central questions
- Places where reality and perceptions blend
- Zelizer’s concept of frame and memory, role of media in creating perceptions
- Focus/approach for this year’s TELI
9:30 a.m. – Welcome and discussion of importance of interdisciplinary work in looking at environmental issues (Dean Andrew McClellan, Arts & Sciences)
9:45 a.m. – exploratory exercise
10:45 a.m. – Environmental issues: Past, Present and Future (Michael Reed, Biology)
- Challenges & success stories
- Looking ahead – Leveraging Tufts’ strengths?
- Changes in realities and image of conservation, what is environmental change and how do we see/measure it?
11:30 a.m. – “Shifting Baselines” (a series of short films)
12:00 p.m. – Lunch (Laminan Lounge, Olin Center)
1:00 p.m. – Case study #1: The Realities of Sustainable Agriculture (Tim Griffin, Friedman School)
- Key issues in sustainable agriculture?
- Economy of scale in sustainable agriculture (is the locavore movement a sustainable goal?)
1:30 p.m. – Provocative Issues in Sustainable Agriculture (Colin Orians, Jennifer Hashley, Tufts New Entry Sustainable Farm Project)
- Genetic Modification: the good, the bad, the ugly
- Design of agriculture and forestry systems, implications for pest outbreaks
- Food/Organic labeling
- Debates over organic: is it for the elite?
3:00 p.m. – Wrap up & thinking points
MONDAY, MAY 23 – HOMEWORK
Find an article about some aspect of sustainable agriculture. Think about it in terms of the central questions we are posing this week in TELI. Post a few reflections below in the reply section. A few questions that might guide your reading/thinking:
- Where does this article appear?
- What scientific/environmental issues are discussed?
- Who’s cited as expert?
- What scientific evidence is presented?
- Are there any visuals that go along with this article – any graphics/photos?
- Reflect on your sense of this as an issue, what is the reality, what is the “take home point,” in what ways did where it appeared and how it appeared influence your perception of this issue? How would it influence others who are perhaps less informed or skeptical?