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Wes Jackson and David Orr in Conversation


In celebration of 40 years of the Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures, and in anticipation of the October 25, 2020 Lectures with Kali Akuno and George Monbiot, we are highlighting the work of past speakers, asking for updates of their earlier remarks, and inviting them to reflect on current conditions.

On Thursday, August 13 at 2pm Eastern, Wes Jackson and David Orr engaged in a virtual conversation on Zoom moderated by David Bollier. They reflected on their original talks given current political, economic, and social realities and commented on each other’s work. A question and answer period with participants followed initial presentations.

Past lectures by our speakers include:


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Wes Jackson

Wes Jackson is one of the foremost figures in the international sustainable agriculture movement. In addition to being a world-renowned plant geneticist, he is a farmer, author, and professor emeritus of biology. He was a professor of biology at Kansas Wesleyan University, and a tenured full professor at California State University, Sacramento. There he established … Continued

David W. Orr

David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics as well as Special Assistant to the President of Oberlin College and executive director of the Oberlin Project. He is perhaps best known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in higher education and his leading role in the promising new field … Continued

David Bollier

David Bollier is the Schumacher Center’s Reinventing the Commons Program Director. He is an author, activist, blogger and independent scholar with a primary focus on the commons as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture.  He is a co-founder of the Commons Strategies Group, an advocacy/consulting project that assists the international commons movement.  Bollier’s … Continued

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