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Lifelong Learning - The First Earth Day Manifesto at Indiana University

October 26, 2022 at 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EDT
Virtually Hosted by IUAA

Zoom at Noon: The First Earth Day Manifesto at Indiana University

Wednesday, Oct. 26

12–1 p.m. ET

Virtual class offered via Zoom*

$15 per person if purchased individually; $35 for all three Zoom at Noon sessions


At approximately 9:30 am on April 22, 1970, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson made a stop at IU’s Dunn Meadow as he crisscrossed the country promoting what would become the nation’s first Earth Day. A 30-minute recording available at IU’s Digital Library provides an invaluable glimpse into Nelson’s manifesto—a profound reflection on the causes, consequences, and potential solutions to environmental and social predicaments challenging American public policies and environmentalism of the day. 

Way ahead of its time, Nelson’s manifesto foregrounds the roots of environmental problems in culture and ethics, centering attention on environmental justice and accountability, and the ethics of indigenous land management. In this presentation, we will listen to and reflect on the scope of Nelson’s manifesto in light of our current understanding of the state of the environment, examining the causes and responses to confront ever more complex social-environmental problems in the United States and globally. 

Note: Participants are encouraged to listen to the recording mentioned above at [Indiana University Digital Library]


*Please note: This course is a virtual learning opportunity held via the online platform, Zoom. The link needed to participate will be supplied via email prior to the first class session.


About the Instructor:

Eduardo S. Brondizio is distinguished professor of anthropology in IU Bloomington’s department of Anthropology, director of the Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes (CASEL), and senior fellow at the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at IUB.