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Working With Working Lands

November 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm MST

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In this talk, Dr. Paul B Thompson outlines the archetypes that guide food and fiber production, helping us understand the deep-seated motivations and ideals that guide varying agricultural communities, thus providing insight into the opportunities and challenges that Boise State must navigate to work with our working land communities. Dr. Thompson will help us be more aware of the ethics and value-dimensions of agriculture and the challenges agriculture communities are currently having.

Additionally, Dr. Robert Frodeman will outline the philosophical underpinnings that have created the American West and the myths and realities of the West that are intertwined in the environmental challenges we face. Confronting these challenges as a University requires our own self-reflections about the role of knowledge production, community engagement and interdisciplinarity. Dr. Frodeman will help us imagine the future of the University where knowledge brokers help to match the supply and demand of knowledge intending on making knowledge production sustainable.

About the Speakers

Dr. Paul B Thompson works on the ethical and philosophical questions associated with agriculture and food, having held the W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural Food and Community Ethics and Michigan State University, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Food Animal Productivity and Well-Being at Purdue University, and Professor of Philosophy and Agricultural Economics and Director of Science and Technology Policy and Ethics at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Robert Frodeman writes on environmental philosophy, the philosophy of science and technology, and the future of universities in a social moment where the sustainability of knowledge production itself must be addressed. Dr. Frodeman was the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity at University of North Texas and the lead editor of the Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity. This fall he is a Fullbright Scholar with the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Turku in Finland, conducting research on the future of the university and its shifting role in modern society.