Environmentalist headlines Undergraduate Symposium on Earth Day

Celebrate NAU’s Undergraduate Symposium and Earth Day by listening to keynote speaker Anthony Cortese present “Mobilizing Higher Education to Create a Healthy, Just and Sustainable Society.”

Cortese, the co-founder of Second Nature and co-organizer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at the High Country Conference Center.

View a sneak preview of Anthony Cortese

President John Haeger and Anthony Cortese, co-director of American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, take a moment from the 2009 Greenbuild Conference to discuss the importance of becoming climate neutral in the 21st century and NAU’s role as a sustainability leader for the past 20 years. 

The Undergraduate Symposium will run from Monday, April 19, to Saturday, April 24, and will showcase NAU undergraduate student exhibitions and performance presentations from all six colleges.

“At the heart of NAU’s educational programs is inquiry and creativity among students and faculty,” said Karen Pugliesi, vice provost of Academic Affairs. “During the Undergraduate Symposium, students show us what they create, how they generate knowledge and apply what they learn to address local and global challenges.”

Highlights also include featured speaker Lori Arviso Alvord, author of The Scalpel and the Silver Bear, at the College of Health and Human Services presentation on April 22, and
Eileen Friel, director of Lowell Observatory, at the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences presentation on April 23.

The NAU Honors Symposium also will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 24 at the du Bois Center. There will be five sessions featuring the fine art displays and dramatic performances of honors students in addition to papers and presentations on topics ranging from “Problems, Local and Global, and their Solutions” to “Pop Culture, Advertising, and the American Dream.”

View the Honors web site to see all the day’s events listed in detail.

View the Undergraduate Symposium web site to see all the week’s events listed in detail.

All events are free and open to the public. Public parking will be available for symposium events at commuter lots P2, P7A, P13, P62, P62A and P64. The High Country Conference Center parking garage will be available for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences event on Friday, April 23