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10-16-2014

Environmental Educator to Explain How to Think Like a Plant, Oct. 30 at Clarkson University

Find out how plants can become master teachers of truly green thinking.

Craig Holdrege, author, scientist and educator, will deliver his talk "Thinking Like a Plant” at Clarkson University on Thursday, October 30, at 7:30 pm in Bertrand H. Snell Hall, Room 213 (#20 on the map at http://www.clarkson.edu/about/clarkson_map.pdf).

Craig HoldregeHe will explain how abstract, modern thought creates a disconnect between humans and the rest of the world, and becomes a primary source of human-caused environmental degradation.

Holdrege will suggest that we need to learn to think and act in ways that are imbued with the vitality, dynamism, and interconnectedness that the natural world itself embodies. He will then explore how we can develop the requisite openness and flexibility of mind to perceive and understand -- to enter into dialogue with-- the living and dynamic qualities of nature, and how plants can become master teachers of truly green thinking.

Author of The Giraffe’s Long Neck

Holdrege is founder and director of the Nature Institute in Ghent, N.Y. Through research, publications, and educational programs, the institute works to develop new qualitative and holistic approaches to seeing and understanding nature and technology.

Holdrege is the author of numerous books, including Genetics and the Manipulation of  Life, The Giraffe’s Long Neck, The Flexible Giant: Seeing the Elephant Whole, Beyond Biotechnology, and, most recently, Thinking Like a Plant: A Living Science for Life.

Celebrating the National Wilderness Preservation Act

Free and open to the public, the lecture is part of Clarkson’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the National Wilderness Preservation Act, and the 120th anniversary of the addition of Article VII (now XIV) to New York State’s Constitution, commonly known as the “Forever Wild” clause.

For more information about the Nature Institute, see http://www.natureinstitute.org.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/choldrege.jpg .]

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

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