NYU’s Educating for Sustainability Lecture Series is pleased to invite you to a presentation by Professor Richard Matthew, Professor in the Schools of Social Ecology and Social Science at the University of California at Irvine, and founding Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs on “From Crisis to Sustainability: Environment, Conflict and Peace”. The lecture will take place on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 6:00-7:30 PM at 5 Washington Place, Room # 101.
Throughout the world many communities are experiencing the twin pressures of institutional failure and environmental stress. A number of global trends suggest that these interactive pressures could intensify in the years ahead, resulting in public health setbacks, population displacement and violent conflict, perhaps on unprecedented scales. Based on almost twenty years of fieldwork in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, this talk reviews the forces contributing to crisis and looks at the prospects for transformation towards more sustainable—economically robust, fair and ecologically sound–practices. The talk will be illustrated with examples drawn from participation in UN peacebuilding missions in Rwanda and Sierra Leone.