AU Environmental Sustainability Symposium Concludes with Back-to-Back Events

AU Environmental Sustainability Symposium Concludes with Back-to-Back Events
Dr. Scott Russell Sanders (left) and Dr. Marc Klingshirn

4/6/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University College of Arts and Sciences’ biennial Symposium Against Indifference on “Environmental Sustainability” concludes with events on two consecutive nights, April 13 and 14. Author and Distinguished Professor of English Dr. Scott Russell Sanders will discuss the elements of our common wealth as human beings, while AU alumnus and green chemist Dr. Marc Klingshirn will introduce the topic of green chemistry.

Both events are free and open to the public, and are co-sponsored by the Department of English, and Department of Chemistry, Geology and Physics, respectively.

On Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium, Dr. Sanders will address how our culture is obsessed with private financial wealth while less attention and less protection is offered to the forms of wealth that we share, especially the goods of nature such as the atmosphere and oceans and the goods of culture such as the arts, public parks and legal institutions. He will present a slide lecture identifying elements of our common wealth, explain why they are vital to human well-being and explore ways in which they might be reclaimed and restored.

Dr. Sanders is the author of 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including Hunting for Hope and A Conservationist Manifesto. His most recent books are Earth Works: Selected Essays and Divine Animal: A Novel. A collection of stories titled Dancing in Dreamtime will be published in 2016, along with a new edition of his documentary narrative, Stone Country. Among his honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Mark Twain Award, the Cecil Woods Award for Nonfiction, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a distinguished professor emeritus of English at Indiana University.

On Thursday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 112 of the Kettering Science Center, Dr. Klingshirn will give a brief introduction to green chemistry with selected examples to illustrate how this mode of thinking has shaped his teaching, research and career. He explains that green chemistry can most easily be thought of as "sustainable chemistry." It is a tool box that allows one to think about chemical processes from an environmental perspective.

After completing his B.S. degree in chemistry and environmental science at Ashland, Dr. Klingshirn received an M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Tennessee, a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from The University of Alabama and completed his Postdoctoral at Saint Olaf College. 

From studying metal contaminants in Lake Erie soil sediment as an undergraduate with current AU faculty members Dr. Michael Hudson and Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer, to studying and developing ion-exchange resins for ground water remediation for his master’s degree, and focusing on the rapidly emerging field of green chemistry in his doctoral work -- environmental issues and problems have always been his interest. While he has started to expand into the area of greener inorganic synthesis, sustainability, environmental and efficient use (and reuse) of resources continue to be a foundation of his research. He is associate professor of chemistry and director of the Honors Program at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###