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A Pine Tree Lecture - September 28
"Honouring Alliances: Indigenous and Environmental Resistance to Globalization"

Trent University's Indigenous Environmental Studies Program of the Department of Native Studies and Environmental Studies present "Honouring Alliances: Indigenous and Environmental Resistance to Globalization" on Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at 12 p.m. in Otonabee College's Gilbert Monture Lounge (formerly the Native Studies Lounge).

This 2004/2005 inaugural Pine Tree Lecture will feature critic and environmental advocate C.A. Bowers and renowned Cree traditional teacher Michael Thrasher. All are welcome to attend. There is no charge for admission.

About Michael Thrasher
No mention of the traditionalist revival of the 1970's in Canada would be complete without mention of Michael Thrasher (Four Skies). One of the original trainees in the Nechi Institute in Edmonton, Mr. Thrasher has spent the last 30-plus years dedicated to the cultural survival and revitalization of "Indian Country." An eloquent spokesman for traditional ecological knowledge, he is ceremonialist, advisor and consultant to Native communities, organizations and individuals across Canada. Mr. Thrasher is now a resident of Vancouver Island. He has been a participant in the Trent University Elders Conference since its inception and is Adjunct Professor of Native Studies.

About Chet Bowers
C. A. Bowers holds a Ph. D. from the University of California, has taught at the University of Oregon and Portland State University, and was granted emeritus status in 1998. He has published more than 90 articles, 12 chapters in other books, and 16 of his own books. Most recent books include Let Them Eat Data: How Computers Affect Education, Cultural Diversity, and the Prospects of Ecological Sustainability (2000), Educating for Eco-Justice and Community (2001), Detras de la Aparienciia: Hacia la descolonizacion de al educacion (2002), and Mindful Conservatism: Rethinking the Ideological and Educational Basis of an Ecologically Sustainable Future (2003). Many of his writings have been translated into Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Spanish.

Dr. Bowers has been invited to speak at 32 universities in the United States and 29 universities in other parts of the world and he was recently invited to lecture in five German cities. He was also asked by Vice-President Al Gore to be the featured speaker at a dinner/seminar at the Gore residence on the influence of metaphorical thinking on environmental and technology policies. Dr. Bowers was one of six western scholars, along with the former Chinese Minister of Culture, invited to speak at the International Congress on Culture and Humanity in the New Millennium, sponsored by the government of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Bowers is currently Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon.

Posted September 27, 2004

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