Oberlin College and Conservatory

Convocation: Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Finney Chapel
90 North Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

What progress have we made adopting nature as measure during the past 35 years?  Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson will discuss that concept and other aspects of their work when they open the 2013-14 Convocation Series.

The author of more than 40 works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Wendell Berry has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Vachel Lindsay Prize from Poetry, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, and more. His books include the novel Hannah Coulter; the essay collections Citizenship Papers and The Way of Ignorance; and Given: Poems. Berry’s latest works include The Mad Farmer Poems. He lives and works with his wife, Tanya Berry, on their farm in Port Royal, Kentucky.

Wes Jackson, PhD, established and served as chair of one of the country’s first environmental studies programs at California State University-Sacramento and then returned to his native Kansas to found The Land Institute in 1976 of which he is the president. A 1990 Pew Conservation Scholar, in 1992 Jackson became a MacArthur Fellow and is recognized as a leader in the international movement for a more sustainable agriculture. He has written several books including Becoming Native to This Place, Consulting the Genius of the Place, and most recently Nature as Measure.

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Convocation , Signature Programs


Environmental Sustainability, Administrative, Office of the President




Free. No ticket required.

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Theresa Callahan

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Andy Call

Andy Call left a positive review 9/10/2013

Excellent event with three of the strongest leaders in meaningful discussion of responsible management and use of resources. The Q&A time might have been more productive had the questions been submitted in writing and Dr. Orr given the opportunity to review and to select which ones were asked. If names were attached, he could also invite the author to stand or to present it in person in the interest of transparency.

Peter Asch

Peter Asch left a positive review 9/10/2013

This was a fantastic first convocation of the year! These speakers are inspiring and knowledgeable, and they had a phenomenal conversational dynamic. Those who did not attend missed out on one of the few events that could not have been missed so far this year.