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The Environmental Ethics Certificate hosts three reoccurring programs every spring and fall semester including the Environmental Ethics Seminar Series, Philospher's Walks, and the Screen on the Green.

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Upcoming News and Events

Spring 2023


Feb 7th : Doug Pardue, University of Georgia

Jackson Street Building rm 130 (Crit Space) 5:30pm 7:30pm

Typologies of Spread: Tracking Joros

Typologies of Spread is a conceptual model that describes the essential landscape conditions, relationships, and changes provoked by the arrival of the Joro spider, Trichonephila clavate, a controversial orb weaver that hitched a ride in a shipping container from Asia to the southeast US in 2014 (Hoebeke, Huffmaster, Freeman, 2015) and has been spreading exponentially ever since. The wide range of opinions toward the Joro, from embrace to execution, parallels design’s own discourse of evolution and expansionism, and allows probing and provoking of perspectives related to types and rates of change (Nash, 1989; Weilacher, 1999).

Within this context, the model takes on three goals: 1) measure and describe landscape conditions, changes, and relationships related to Joro; 2) foster cognitive empathy through reflection and sharing of deviating attitudes toward Joro; and 3) invite informed, imaginative discussion of potential changes to landscape design and practices. Methods used to address these include change maps to identify patterns and rate, typological cross sections to describe and compare conditions and change, and a question framework to relate perspectives. Resulting Typologies of Spread will be presented, with findings and lessons for modeling, cognitive empathy, and landscape metrics.


Feb 28th : Panel Discussion

Virtual Event -   5:30pm 7:30pm | Free 

Young People's right to the city

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Summary: Contributors to The Routledge Handbook of Designing Public Spaces for Young People discuss why youth need to be involved in the design and planning of our cities.


  • Adina Cox, Iowa State University
  • Mariela Fernandez, Clemson University
  • Sarah Little, University of Oklahoma
  • Katherine Melcher, University of Georgia
  • Juan Torres, University of Montreal

Book citation: The Routledge Handbook of Designing Public Spaces for Young PeopleProcesses, Practices, and Policies for Youth Inclusion, edited by Janet Loebach, Sarah Little, Adina Cox, and Patsy Eubanks Owens. Routledge, 2020.

Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


March 16th : Jack Davis, University of Florida

Jackson Street Building rm 125  | 5:00pm 7:30pm

Odum Environmental Ethics Lecture: Jack Davis

"The Bald Eagle: The History of a Symbol and Species," Jack Davis, Rothman Family Chair in the Humanities, University of Florida.

Davis specializes in environmental history and sustainability studies, and is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea (2017). His latest book, The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird (Liveright/W. W. Norton, 2022) was named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, one of the five best nonfiction books of 2022 by the LA Times, an Amazon Best Book of 2022, and an Apple Best Book of 2022.

Davis was one of the recipients of the 2019 Andrew Carnegie fellowship award. His previous books include Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez Since 1930 (2001), winner of the Charles S. Sydnor Prize for the best book in southern history, and An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century (2009), which received a gold medal from the Florida Book Awards.

This event is presented by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program, the College of Environment + Design, and the UGA Humanities Council as part of the UGA Humanities Festival and the Willson Center‘s Global Georgia public event series.


March 30th : Emily Brady, Texas A&M University

Peabody Hall   | 4:00 pm

Environmental Aesthetics & Pluralism

Join the Environmental Ethics Certification Program's Kleiner Seminar co-hosted with the UGA department of Philosophy and the UGA School of Public and International Affairs


Although there are theories of environmental aesthetics which can be described as pluralist, they do not, generally, show why this feature is an explicit strength. This paper develops a pluralist environmental aesthetics by arguing against monism and in favor of engaging diverse resources, epistemologies, and ontologies to inform both theory and practice. I begin by noting existing theories which may be described as pluralist and critical, that is, they argue that a variety of grounds are reasonable for aesthetic judgments of mixed and natural environments, e.g., multisensory perception, imagination, emotion, various knowledge systems, place-based narratives, and the arts. The advantages and disadvantages of pluralism are discussed with reference to, respectively, the complexity and heterogeneity of appreciative situations and contexts and the differences between critical pluralism and relativism. Pluralism is then brought into the context of environmental problems which are trans-spatial, crossing the boundaries of regions, continents, ecologies, and earth systems. Given the trans-spatial and trans-temporal nature of climate change, I also show how the flexibility and richness of pluralism offers the advantage of drawing upon a range of global resources to articulate aesthetic meanings and values now and into the future, from the predictive models of climate science to imagination and fiction.

Emily Brady is Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. Her research and teaching interests span environmental and everyday aesthetics, environmental ethics, and eighteenth-century philosophy. She has authored or co-edited several books, including, Aesthetics of the Natural Environment (2003), The Sublime in Modern Philosophy: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Nature (2013), and Between Nature and Culture: The Aesthetics of Modified Environments (with Isis Brook and Jonathan Prior, 2018). Her current research project, “Aesthetics in Planetary Perspective: Environmental Aesthetics for the Future,” develops a new agenda for aesthetics in response to urgent environmental problems, which she constructs through the conceptual frames of 'future aesthetics', 'intergenerational aesthetics', 'aesthetic humility', beauty, wonder, and the sublime.

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April 13th : Film Screening- "Unspoken"

Jackson Street Building rm 125   | 5:30 pm

Unspoken movie poster

This event is co-sponsored by the Environmental Ethics Certification Program and the Lamar Dodd School of Art  in a film screening of "Unspoken."

Join us for a memorable evening to view the screening of award-winning documentary feature film UNSPOKEN and share a thoughtful conversation moderated by former Georgia Bulldog All-American and NFL Hall of Famer Champ Bailey. The conversation will include UGA graduates: UNSPOKEN film director Stephanie Calabrese, and cast members Dorcas Jernigan, one of the first two students to integrate Monroe Area High School, and Elizabeth Jones who leads the restoration and preservation of Zion Hill Cemetery, Monroe’s oldest and largest African American burial ground. An audience Q&A will follow.


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