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Environmental Studies

“The Nature of the Unnatural”

16th Annual Environmental Affairs Symposium
October 14-17, 2013   



This year’s symposium focuses on modifications of our biophysical surroundings that are considered “unnatural.” Certain activities, such as species restoration and biomimicry, are uncritically embraced while others, like genetic modification and cloning, can be seen as monstrous and perverse. What shapes these ethical and aesthetic preferences and how can we analyze them in a constructive way? Do unexamined ideologies foreclose opportunities for positive environmental change?  We will look into complex issues such as genetically modified organisms, species resurrection, rewilding, ecological restoration, artificial intelligence and the ethics of “messing with creation”.


About the Symposium

Each year, the Environmental Studies Program at Lewis & Clark offers a symposium on environmental affairs. The multi-day event brings together experts from around the country for a dynamic series of lectures and panels on contemporary issues in environmental affairs. Explore our archive to learn about previous symposia.

All symposium events are free and open to the public.