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Graduate workshop with Dr. Kai Chan, University of British Columbia

Relational values: A new paradigm for sustainability?

As communities and nations around the world grapple with environmental change and the challenge of sustainability, there is increasing attention to the role that values play and might play in enabling stewardship and transformation. Furthermore, there is a widening view of values to extend beyond the appreciation of nature itself (intrinsic values) and the appreciation of what nature does for us (instrumental values), to include preferences, principles and virtues about human-nature relationships (relational values). By giving a common framework for ideas long studied in a range of disciplines, the concept of relational values may serve as a tool for interdisciplinary integration and the meaningful inclusion of the social sciences and interdisciplinary approaches on values into sustainability science.

9-11: brief presentation on relational values and discussion with graduate students on the ground of previously prepared readings 11-12: time for individual conversations with Dr.Chan RSVP by May 21 to (Access to the background readings will be provided to all registered participants - precedence will be given to graduate students, but others are welcome to attend if space is available).

A light breakfast will be provided.

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Friday, June 1, 2018 at 9:00am to 12:00pm

Milam Hall, 301
2520 SW Campus Way, Corvallis, OR 97331

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Conference or Workshop



College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
Contact Name

Larry Becker

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