“Environmental Entanglements Across the Pacific” Keynote Speakers
Zhao Zhong is the founder and chairman of Green Camel Bell, the first environmental nongovernmental organization (NGO) to be established in the Gansu province in Western China. Green Camel Bell began in 2004 with Mr. Zhong and a few volunteers in order to education people in and around the city of Lanzhou on local environmental issues. Eight years later, Green Camel Bell still retains the mission of protecting the environment in Western China, but the organization has grown exponentially and has expanded its goals and projects. Mr. Zhong created Green Camel Bell shortly after college, while working as a nuclear researcher in Lanzhou. He has since left his nuclear researching job to work full time with Green Camel Bell. In 2009, Time Magazine named Mr. Zhong a Hero of the Environment for his work with Green Camel Bell.
Dr. Brett Walker is a Regents Professor of History at Montana State University. His research focuses on the history, culture and language of Japan, with an emphasis on the environmental and medical history of the country. Dr. Walker has written a collection of books, chapters and essays on the history of Japan, including The Lost Wolves of Japan (University of Washington Press) and Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan (University of Washington Press). The latter was the winner of the 2011 George Perkins Marsh Prize for Best Book in Environmental History. Dr. Walker earned a B.A. in History from the Albertson College of Idaho and holds a Ph.D in Japanese History from the University of Oregon. He has held teaching and research positions at schools across the United States, including Montana State University, the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and Yale University.