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POSTPONED: Is China the First Ecological Civilization? – Presented by Dr. Donald Worster

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020


Fitzpatrick Auditorium at Kansas Wesleyan University
100 E Claflin Ave
Salina, Kansas 67401

This event co-hosted by The Land Institute and Kansas Wesleyan University will be postponed until further notice. Check back here for a rescheduled event later in the year.

Is China the first ecological civilization? What does that term mean, and where does the U.S. stand in relation to China? The outbreak of COVID-19 has delivered a blow to China’s image. The country has ambitions of becoming the world’s first ecological civilization, and it has made enormous progress in recent years. TLI Emeritus Board Member and University of Kansas Professor Emeritus Dr. Donald Worster will elaborate upon China’s current status, including what is taking place in that country and its relations with nature, from forests, to energy, to diseases.

Dr. Worster has a long history of engagement with The Land Institute and serves as an Emeritus Board Member. He currently serves as a professor emeritus in the Department of History at KU. He specializes in the emerging field of environmental history—the changing perception of nature, the rise of conservation and environmentalism, and the impact of the natural world on human society. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Australian National University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. He is former president of the American Society for Environmental History and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Over the past two decades, he has lectured extensively internationally and his writings have been translated into six languages.


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