Liberal Arts for a Fragile Planet

March 23-25, 2017



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Andrew Bocarsly

Steven Bouma-Prediger

Janet Redman

Ling Zhang

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bocarslyAndrew Bocarsly | Princeton University

Andrew Bocarsly is a professor of chemistry at Princeton University and a founder of Liquid Light, Inc., a startup company that turns carbon dioxide into fuels and other commercially useful chemicals. Pioneering a process he calls "reverse combustion," Bocarsly aims to combat climate change through carbon reuse, in the process building bridges between cutting-edge electrochemical research and industry. Dr. Bocarsly also serves as a consultant and contractor to various fuel cell and alternate energy companies, as well as the electrochemistry editor for Methods in Materials Research. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from M.I.T.




bouma predigerSteven Bouma-Prediger | Hope College

Steven Bouma-Prediger is a professor of religion at Hope College, where he also directs the Environmental Studies Program. His publications include For the Beauty of the Earth, an award-winning book that makes a case for Christian involvement in the modern environmental movement. A specialist in ecological theology and ethics, Dr. Bouma-Prediger regularly contributes to Western Theological Seminary's Creation Care Study Program in Belize and New Zealand; he also serves on the board of the Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Chicago.





redmanJanet Redman | Oil Change International

Janet Redman is the US Policy Director of Oil Change International, a nonprofit organization that researches and publicizes the costs of fossil fuel consumption and trends toward clean energy. She is also an associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, where she formerly directed the Climate Policy Program. Ms. Redman has long experience advocating for sustainable energy policies in Washington, DC, work that has brought her into alliance with grassroots organizations in the global South and North in search of creative political solutions. She holds a Master's in international development and social change from Clark University.




zhangLing Zhang | Boston College

Ling Zhang is professor of history at Boston College, focusing on environmental change in pre-modern China. Her most recent book, The River, the Plain, and the State, describes the social and political consequences, as well as the human and ecological costs, of a drastic eleventh-century rerouting of the Yellow River; the American Society for Environmental History awarded it the 2017 George Perkins Marsh prize for best book. Before coming to Boston College, Dr. Zhang served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University and a Ziff Environmental Fellow at Harvard University. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Cambridge University.