'The Ecological State and Ecological Civilization: Who Will Rise to Meet China's Global Environmental Challenge?'

With an intense commitment to building an "Ecological State" and developing "Ecological Civilization," China's central government has built a foundation to lead the world in green development. Bard College professor Christopher Coggins will give a lecture on the development of the global environmental challenge at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus.

The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. Coggins will be available after the lecture for discussion.

In his lecture, "The Ecological State and Ecological Civilization: Who Will Rise to Meet China's Global Environmental Challenge?," Coggins examines the vastness of China's environmental problems and rapid changes in their environmental management. He will discuss the way that the international community might respond to an authoritarian government that guides the world's second largest economy as it declares its commitment to a plan that could potentially improve the quality of life on Earth for generations.

Coggins received his Ph.D. and Master of Science from Louisiana State University and his Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University. He serves as professor at Bard College at Simon's Rock since 1998.

This lecture is sponsored by the ASIANetwork Speakers Bureau Grant.

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Christopher Coggins