Not Your Grandfather’s Sustainability Speaker Series’ Set for November and December

October 30, 2014 -- Learn about sustainability every Friday from Nov. 7-Dec. 5 through a “Not Your Grandfather’s Sustainability Speaker Series” sponsored by the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences.

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The lectures will take place on CNM’s Main Campus in Max Salazar Building, Room 301 on Fridays from 3-4:30 p.m. and are open to the public. Click here to see the list of dates, topics.

Nov. 7:  Sustainability Through Five Worldview Lenses: Dr. Denise R. Ames, a former CNM history instructor and current president and founder of the Center for Global Awareness, will show how sustainability is viewed through five different worldviews --  indigenous, modern, fundamentalist, globalized and transformative. Attendees will get a chance to identify their own assumptions and learn how to communicate with those who look at sustainability through a different lens.

Nov. 14:  Sustainability and the Very Big Picture:  CNM Instructor Dr. M.J. Zimmerman will give an overview of Big History, a theory of the development of increasingly complex structures in the universe at “Goldilocks moments,” times when the conditions are just right for systems-wide changes to occur. Is sustainability one of these leaps in complexity, and is its moment now?  Come see what complexity and big history theorists think of the current human push for designing sustainable societies.

Nov. 21: Sustainability, Religion, and Spirituality:  Sister Joan Brown, Order of St. Francis, will speak about her work as director of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, a nonprofit organization which supports all faith communities in making sustainability a part of their ethical practice. As founder and director of The Partnership for Earth Spirituality, she will also discuss some of the new forms of nature-based spirituality which are arising at this time.

Dec. 5: Sustainability and Local Urban Development:  Andy Gingrich, urban planner, will discuss a number of local development issues we face as Albuquerque continues to grow, and how the various groups involved are working towards creative solutions which will allow Albuquerque to flourish and still live sustainably in our desert ecosystem.

Explanation of the title:  I was going to call it “Not-Your-Grandmother’s Sustainability Series,” meaning not just sweet and nice -- in other words, open to debate and all perspectives. But then I realized that my grandmothers probably knew more about dialogue and hearing all sides of an issue than my grandfathers, who managed the people, animals and lands in their charge with quite a bit of authoritarian rigidity. So I decided that “not-your-grandfather’s” was a better adjective. -- M.J. Zimmerman For more information, contact M.J. Zimmerman at<