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Lessons from the world's ecovillages with Karen Litfin
Friday, January 10, 2014 - 12:00pm to Friday, January 10, 2014 - 1:30pm

In a world of dwindling natural resources and mounting environmental crisis, who is devising ways of living that will work for the long haul? And how can we, as individuals, make a difference?

To answer these fundamental questions, Professor Karen Litfin embarked upon a journey to many of the world’s ecovillages – intentional communities at the cutting-edge of sustainable living. From rural to urban, high tech to low tech, spiritual to secular, she discovered an under-the-radar global movement making positive and radical changes from the ground up.

Now Professor Litfin is coming to Portland State University to share what she learned during her ecovillage research and share highlights from her newly published book, "Ecovillage: Lessons for Sustainable Community." 

When: Friday, January 10, 2014, Noon to 1:30 p.m. 

Where: Market Center Building, Room 123 (1600 S.W. Fourth, first floor)

Bring your lunch. This event is free and open to the public. 

More about Professor Karen Litfin:

Karen Litfin, Ph.D. is a professor of political science and environmental studies at the University of Washington. She grew up in Pittsburgh and Baltimore, received a B.A. and M.A. from University of Maryland, and then a Ph.D. from UCLA. Karen is a mother, an introspective activist, an avid bicyclist and hiker, and a second-rate gardener. In her research and teaching, Karen takes a “person/planet politics” approach, which entails integrating the intellectual, emotional, practical and contemplative dimensions of sustainability.

Karen’s first two books were Ozone Discourses: Science and Politics in Global Environmental Cooperation (Columbia University Press, 1994) and The Greening of Sovereignty in World Politics (MIT Press, 1998).

Please join us Friday, January 10 from 12-1:30 for an informal presentation and Q&A with Karen Litfin.