Part of the 2014 Sustainability Lecture Series
Karen T. Litfin, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science, University of Washington
University of Washington’s Karen T. Litfin, Ph.D., will be visiting the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs on the UC Irvine campus on February 5th to discuss her newest book, Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community (2013). The professor of UW’s Department of Political Science will have a luncheon held at 12pm and an evening talk at 7pm. The evening talk will be held at the Engineering Lecture Hall on the UC Irvine campus in room 100 (ELH 100). For information on the luncheon, please click here.
Some of the topics of her recent publications include: the politics of earth remote sensing; the political implications of Gaia Theory; the relationship between scientific and political authority in the climate change negotiations; the politics of sacrifice in an ecologically full world; and holistic thinking in the global ecovillage movement (of which she has visited many across five different continents).
Her approach to her teaching and research is through a person-planet perspective, encouraging her students and readers to explore questions of human meaning and values in relation to global environmental politics. She also directs the UW Auroville Program on Sustainability, Community and International Cooperation, which has been bringing students to an international township in south India since 2001.