and Place: Environmental Reconciliation Friday, Jan. 26, 3:15-5:15
p.m.; facilitated by Peggy Barlett, professor of anthropology.
How does the concept of
reconciliation come into play in Emorys environment?
Bartlett: In some ways, this campus is very familiar; yet in
other ways, we know it very little. How does our waste stream enter and
leave the campus? What is the effect of deforestation? Environmental reconciliation
challenges us to develop an altered culture of place that fosters a harmonious
relationship between our natural and social environments. It can take
the practical form of biological regeneration on campus, but it can also
build new connections among individuals, place and
Who will be addressing these
issues concerning environmental reconciliation?
A broad range of speakers will contribute to this session. David Orr will
give the main presentation; he is director of environmental studies at
Oberlin College and author of Ecological Literacy and Earth in Mind:
On Education, Environment and the Human Prospect. The respondents
will be Eloise Carter, professor of biology at Oxford and director of
the Oxford Institute for Environmental Education; Mary Elizabeth Moore,
professor of religion and education and director of the Program for Women
in Theology and Ministry at the School of Theology; John Fields, director
of Project Management and Construction in Facilities Management; Howard
Frumpkin, associate professor and chair of Environmental and Occupation
Health in the School of Public Health; and Raney Branch, environmental
studies major in the college and recent intern with Environmental Community
Why is this an important
issue for Emory?
As Atlantas rapid growth challenges social community, the viability
of ecological systems and regional health, Emory provides a valuable laboratory
in which to understand how the use of place reinforces ways of thinking
about the environment. We are coming to recognizing that, while growth
provides new resources and encourages academic excellence, that same growth
has the potential to disrupt community, the environment and our sense
Approaches to Violence Friday, Jan. 26, 3:15-5:15 p.m.; facilitated
by Robert Agnew, professor of sociology.
Why are the issues addressed
in this session so significant?
Agnew: The rate of imprisonment in the United States has increased
nearly fivefold since 1970. There are approximately 2 million adults currently
in our prison system and 4.2 million others on probation and parole. The
rate of imprisonment in the United States is six to 10 times higher than
any other industrialized nationdespite our crime rates being roughly
Overall, about one out of every 32 adults in this country is under some
sort of correctional supervision: prison, jail, probation or parole. The
figure for young African American males is about one in three. We are
at a critical point in our efforts to control crime and violence; we must
decide whether we want to continue in the inefficiencies of our get
tough approach or try an alternative strategy like restorative justice.
What exactly is restorative
Restorative justice is an alternative to our current methods of punishment,
which frequently reinforce violent tendencies and fail to prepare offenders
to reenter and adjust to conventional society. Restorative justice seeks
to hold offenders accountable for their behavior and to impose meaningful
sanctions on them. These sanctions should allow offenders to repair the
harm they have done, restore their ties to conventional others and address
the causes of their crime. In essence, restorative justice seeks to reconcile
offenders with their victims and the larger community.
Who will be participating
in the conversation?
The symposium session involves three presenters. First, Arthur Kellermann,
professor in the School of Public Health and chair of emergency medicine,
will describe the extent of violence in America and our current approach
to controlling violence. Second, Thee Smith, associate professor of religion,
will describe the arguments for the restorative justice approach. Third,
Lawrence Sherman, Greenfield Professor of Human Relations at the University
of Pennsylvania, will describe his research on the effectiveness of restorative
justice approaches to crime and violence.