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MRU hosts Under Western Skies 2: Environment, Community and Culture in N. America

Mount Royal University

Mount Royal University is proudly presenting Under Western Skies 2: Environment, Community, and Culture in North America, an international conference which runs from Oct. 10 – 13, 2012 in Mount Royal’s LEED Gold certified Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning.

Under Western Skies is Mount Royal University’s award-winning biennial conference series on the environment which attracted 432 registrants from around the globe at its inaugural event in 2010.

Mount Royal has taken a lead role in interdisciplinary and community-minded environmental studies in Alberta, establishing a high-profile venue where scholars, artists, students, and concerned citizens from around the world can gather on a regular basis to share ideas concerning all aspects of the environment.

This year’s edition of Under Western Skies will showcase keynote speakers such as Louise B. Halfe, an award-winning Canadian poet, Alanna Mitchell, author of Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, and veteran Alberta filmmaker Tom Radford, co-director of Tipping Point: The Age of the Oilsands. Also speaking will be climatologist Scott Denning of Colorado State, environmental historian Donald Worster, and Alberta artist Peter von Tiesenhausen, among others.

The conference begins with a dialogue between Mishka Lysack and Preston Manning to determine, “Is it possible to be a green Tory?”

Associate Professor, Robert Boschman, PhD, founder and co-convener of the conference, states, “Under Western Skies invites interdisciplinary approaches to crucial environmental issues at a time when the eyes of the world are often on Alberta. This is an important moment in Alberta’s history, and this conference series highlights that.”

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