Rezendes Ethics Lecture Set for Earth Day

Baird Callicott, a philosophy professor at the University of North Texas, will present the 2015 John M. Rezendes Visiting Scholar in Ethics Lecture at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in Nutting Hall, Room 100 at the University of Maine.

Callicott’s Earth Day lecture is titled, “Thinking Like a Planet: The Land Ethic and the Earth Ethic.” A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m.

Callicott is the University Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and formerly the Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Texas. He is the co-editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy and has written or edited several books, journal articles and chapters on environmental philosophy and ethics. He has served as president of the International Society for Environmental Ethics, Yale University’s bioethicist-in-residence, and visiting senior research scientist at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center.

Callicott’s research focuses on theoretical environmental ethics, comparative environmental ethics and philosophy, the philosophy of ecology and conservation policy, and climate ethics.

The John M. Rezendes Visiting Scholar in Ethics Lecture was established in 1999 to critically engage students, faculty and the community in ethical issues of national importance.

The lecture is part of the John M. Rezendes Ethics Initiative, a program established through a gift from Dennis and Beau Rezendes, which also includes the John M. Rezendes Ethics Essay Contest open to undergraduate students at UMaine.

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