As part of earth week celebrations, Jim Farrell Ph.D will speak on how college culture may be harming the environment. “Waking up to an alarm, going to the bathroom, sorting through the clothes in their closets, eating in the cafeteria, watching TV and playing video games, using computers and iPods, driving cars and hooking up and hanging out, having fun and partying, practicing religion and politics (or not), students teach each other the cultural scripts of college culture, few of which are good for the planet we inhabit.”
Jim Farrell, Ph.D., a professor of history at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., will highlight Earth Week at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. On Thursday, April 19, he will speak on “The Nature of Our Lives: How College Culture Degrades Nature and How it Might be Different” beginning at 12:15 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The event is free and the public is invited.
Farrell’s presentation explores the intersections of college culture, consumer culture and the environment by looking at the social construction of common sense and at the emerging uncommon sense of sustainability that’s increasingly a part of campus cultures.
As background for his presentation, Farrell includes these important considerations: College students study cultures all the time, in history and the humanities, sociology and anthropology, languages and literature. But students don’t often study their own culture, which just seems “natural” to them.