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Environmental Politics And Historical Perspectives Are Subjects Of Upcoming Public Lectures At Clarkson

Environmental politics, history, and the American founding will be among the topics discussed at two upcoming lectures at Clarkson University co-sponsored by the Clarkson Center for the Environment and the Clarkson Honors Program. 

Frank Kalinowski, a professor of environmental studies and political science at Warren Wilson College, will speak on Sunday and Monday, February 22 and 23, at 7 p.m. in Bertrand H. Snell Hall, Room 214 (on the Clarkson hill campus).  Both lectures are free and open to the public.

On Sunday, February 22, Kalinowski will present the lecture “Two Dreams and a Nightmare: The Environmental Legacies of Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison.”  This presentation will explore the values and perspectives of three of America’s most influential founders and traces the elements in their thought that can be found in our current cultural attitudes regarding humans and the environment. 

Kalinowski’s lecture on Monday, February 23, is titled “Mainstream and Radical Environmentalism: Practical and Workable Solutions to the Environmental Crisis.” In it, Kalinowski will highlight the differences between environmental policies that fit within the mainstream cultural modes of politics, economics and ethics, and those policies that would work were they implemented, but are never tried because they are perceived as too radical.  Kalinowski argues that in the short term, “only shallow mainstream policies are likely to be adopted, but in the long run, only deep, radical solutions are likely to prove effective.”

Kalinowski holds a doctoral degree from Claremont Graduate School where he studied with John Rodman and Paul Shepard, two founders of Deep Ecology. He is the recipient of two excellence-in-teaching awards, and has published over 13 reviews, articles, and book chapters on democratic ideology, radical politics, and environmental theory.  His current project is a book titled An Ecological Interpretation of the Constitution. On a personal level, Kalinowski has built houses, worked as a logger, and lived in a log cabin while supporting himself through butchering livestock and producing maple syrup. 

For more information about the lectures or directions to campus, contact the Center for the Environment at 315-268-3856 or

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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