Bucknell University's fourth annual Sustainability Symposium took place during the week of April 4-8, 2016.

Nearly 30 years after the publication of "Our Common Future," the Brundtland Report from the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development, the concept of sustainability — and the related idea "sustainable development" — continue to guide deliberations and actions surrounding economic, social and environmental interactions globally.

Discussions of "planetary boundaries,"  "the Anthropocene," the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, and the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference offer current examples of global-scale processes aimed at identifying a "safe and just operating space for humanity."

Despite a spectrum of ongoing efforts, significant questions remain concerning the diverse ways in which sustainability has been defined and translated into practice, and they have produced important lines of debate regarding the term's ability to orient global affairs.

The 2016 Bucknell University Sustainability Symposium critically examined the trajectory of sustainability as a global phenomenon.

Overview of 2016 Events

Tuesday, April 5

Film Screening: Flowers of Freedom (2014) at 7 p.m. at the Campus Theatre.

Admission is $2 per person; FREE for Bucknell students

The screening will be followed by a panel and audience conversation with the film's director, Mirjam Leuze, environmental activist Erkingul Imankodjoeva, and Professor Amanda Wooden (environmental studies).

Wednesday, April 6

Talk and Discussion: "Anthropology & Participatory Film" featuring ​Flowers of Freedom

Noon - 1:30 p.m. in BERT 213, Traditional Reading Room. Seating is limited; you must RSVP to bcse@bucknell.edu.

Join Mirjam Leuze and Erkingul Imankodjoeva as well as students and faculty from film & media studies, sociology & anthropology, and environmental studies.

Thursday, April 7

  • Discussion Panel:
    "Framing Global Sustainabilities — Currents in Global Thinking and Action"

    9:30 - 10:52 a.m. in LANG 272, Forum

  • Addressing Food Waste Through Mindful Eating
    Noon - 1 p.m. in LANG 256, Center Room
    (Seating for first 50 people who RSVP to BCSE@Bucknell.edu)
  • Discussion Panel:
    "Feeding and Fueling the World"

    1 - 2:22 p.m. in LANG 272, Forum

  • Student Poster/Display Session
    2:30 - 4 p.m. in LANG 213, Walls Lounge
    See list of presenters

  • Keynote speaker: Timmons Roberts
    "Catalyzing Climate Action: A New Global Politics"
    7 - 8:30 p.m. in Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Literature Bldg.

Friday, April 8

  • Presentation:
    Catalyzing Climate Action at Bucknell
    10 - 11:30 a.m. in BERT 213, Traditional Reading Room
  • Discussion Panel:
    Perspectives on Sustainability from Abroad
    12 - 1 p.m. in LANG 256, Center Room

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