SCHUMACHER COLLEGE, AN INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR ECOLOGICAL STUDIES
will be running a three-week residential course, 10-29 January 1999, led by
Christine von Weizsaecker, Tewolde Berhan G Egziabher and Wes Jackson.
IN SEARCH OF TECHNOLOGICAL RESPONSIBILITY
Agriculture, Biosafety, and Democracy
This course examines the challenges of genetic engineering and
biotechnologies and their effects on politics, economics, culture, food,
farming, and biodiversity in general. It will consider the intended and
unintended consequences of human attempts to restructure the nature of our
world, which is resulting in the reduction of diversity. It will address
questions such as: Who is responsible? How do science and technology,
administrations and legislators, and industrial and agricultural players
interact with each other? How do we handle the processes of labelling,
patenting, liability and biosafety? These issues will be explored in the
context of both highly technological countries and the developing world, and
participants will look at research into alternative and sustainable
agriculture methods based on the way nature's ecosystems have maintained
stability over millions of years.
Further details of this course are available on request. Information about
Schumacher College is available on the website (URL below).
About the teachers:
CHRISTINE VON WEISZAECKER is a biologist, activist, and writer in the field
of genetic engineering, risk, and culture. She is a leading NGO
representative at the international negotiations on biodiversity and biosafety.
WES JACKSON is the president of The Land Institute and the author of New
Roots for Agriculture, Altars of Unhewn Stone, and Becoming Native to This
TEWOLDE BERHAN G EGZHIABER is General Manager of Ehtiopia's Environmental
Protection Authority. He was involved with negotiations for the Convention
on Biological Diversity and is the African spokesperson in negotiations for
a Biosafety Protocol.
Course fee: 1350 pounds sterling, which includes tuition, residential
accommodation, food and field trips. If you cannot afford the full fee,
please ask for details of our bursary and scholarship schemes, mentioning
Transferable Masters Level Credits are available on this course.
About Schumacher College:
Schumacher College is an international centre for ecological studies based
in southwest England which welcomes course participants from all over the
world, from a wide range of ages and backgrounds.
Schumacher College was founded in 1991 upon the twin convictions that the
world view that has dominated Western civilisation has serious limitations
and that a new vision is needed for human society, its values and its
relationship to the earth. Through interdisciplinary studies, the College
aims to explore the foundations of a more sustainable, balanced and
harmonious world view.
Residential courses at Schumacher College are between one and five weeks in
length, and are led by world-renowned writers and thinkers, including:
Fritjof Capra, James Hillman, Vandana Shiva, Paul Hawken, Richard
Douthwaite, Christine von Weizsaecker, Mae-Wan Ho, Martin Khor, Wolfgang
Sachs, Wes Jackson, David Orr, David Ehrenfeld, Thomas Moore and James
Lovelock. A full programme of courses is available on request.
Subject areas of courses centre around one of the following themes:
ecological economics and development issues; the links between philosophy,
psychology and ecology; the new understandings emerging from recent
scientific discoveries. At Schumacher College, people find refreshment and
often new direction. They find they have touched a source of inspiration and
are reminded that others share their deepest values about life and its meaning.
SCHUMACHER COLLEGE COURSE PROGRAMME, JUNE 1998 TO MARCH 1999
THE WEB OF LIFE, May 31 - June 26, 1998
taught by Fritjof Capra, Brian Goodwin, Stephan Harding and Andy Goldsworthy
SOUL, EROS AND NATURE, June 28 - July 10, 1998
taught by Robert Sardello and Thomas Moore
RECLAIMING OUR CULTURE: Redesigning the University
July 13-24, 1998
taught by David Orr and David Ehrenfeld
6-18 September 1998
INSIDE/OUTSIDE: Practice in Psychology, Ecology & Painting
taught by James Hillman and Margot McLean
20-25 September 1998
THE ZEN OF COOKING
taught by Edward Brown
4-16 October 1998
THE HEALTH OF GAIA
taught by Stephan Harding, Ed Grumbine & James Lovelock
29 October - 6 November 1998
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AWAKENING: Buddhism in Contemporary Life
taught by Maura Sills and Stephen Batchelor
8-27 November 1998
DEEP ECOLOGY: Ecological Wisdom for the Modern Age
taught by Arne Naess, Stephanie Mills and Stephan Harding
10-29 January 1999
IN SEARCH OF TECHNOLOGICAL RESPONSIBILITY: Agriculture, Biosafety, and Democracy
taught by Christine von Weizsaecker, Tewolde Berhan G Egziabher and Wes Jackson
7-26 February 1999
ACTING FOR THE EARTH
Sunderlal Bahuguna, Wangari Maathai and Andrew Kimbrell
March 7 - 26, 1999
THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE: Life, Knowledge, and Creativity
taught by Humberto Maturana and Brian Goodwin
-- Schumacher College is an international centre for ecological studies which welcomes course participants from all over the world, from a wide range of ages and backgrounds.
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