The next event in the Ashland University College of Arts and Sciences’ biennial Symposium Against Indifference will feature a lecture by author and educator David Orr titled “Education in a Hotter Time: Climate Change and the University.” In connection with this year's theme "Environmental Sustainability," the event which is co-sponsored by the Ashland University Honors Program will be held Monday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Trustees’ Room of Myers Convocation Center and is free and open to the public.
Orr argues that institutions of higher education are in a great position to lead, to educate differently, to buy differently and to build their buildings differently. In Orr’s words, “the worth of education must now be measured against the standards of decency and human survival.”
Orr, who is a frequent lecturer at colleges and universities throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, is counselor to the president at Oberlin College. He is the author of seven books, including “Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse” (Oxford, 2009). His eighth book, “Dangerous Years: Climate Change and the Long Emergency,” will be published by Yale University Press in 2016.
He has served on the boards of many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He has been awarded eight honorary degrees and a dozen other awards including a Lyndhurst Prize, a National Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation and leadership awards from the U.S. Green Building Council (2014) and from Second Nature (2012).
While at Oberlin, he spearheaded the effort to design, fund and build the Adam Joseph Lewis Center, which was named by an AIA panel in 2010 as “the most important green building of the past 30 years,” and as “one of 30 milestone buildings of the twentieth century” by the U.S. Department of Energy.