Section 8: TRACK 3

Higher Education

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Track 3: Higher Education

How can our colleges and universities best meet the intellectual and human developmental challenges of an ecological civilization? The focus of this track will be on liberal arts education, but it will also consider issues such as training professionals, research, and educating liberal arts teachers. Hopefully, one session will be co-convened with the Teaching Compassion track.

Track Heads

Marcus Ford

Professor, Northern Arizona University, retired.

Marcus Ford has taught philosophy and environmental humanities at Eureka College, the University of Northern Arizona, and Appalachian State University, and been involved in university politics at all three schools. He is the author of Beyond the Modern University: Toward a Constructive Postmodern University (2002).

Stephen Rowe


Biography: Stephen Rowe earned an M.Th., an M.A., and a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He also holds a B.A. from Colgate University. His main interests are Post-traditional Western philosophy, Comparative/Chinese Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Education, Pragmatism, Ethics, and Socrates/Introduction to Philosophy. He has lectured in Japan and China, and is author of many books, most recentlyOvercoming America / America Overcoming: Can We Survive Modernity? Previous books includeLeaving and Returning (Bucknell, 1989), Rediscovering the West (SUNY Press, 1994, also in Chinese), The Vision of James (Element Books, 1996, also in Japanese), Living Philosophy(Paragon House, 2002), and Wandering, with Peimin Ni (Dong Fang in China and Art Media Resources in U.S.). He is currently working on the question of liberal education in China, in conjunction with consultations at Jiao Tong and other Chinese universities.

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