Emeritus faculty offer lectures, short courses


August 29, 2012

They’re experts in physics and astronomy, English, psychology, civil engineering, history, dance, education and more. And they want to speak to your group.

They are members of the Emeritus College at Arizona State University and they have volunteered to teach short courses and give lectures in their specialties. Download Full Image

The Emeritus College consists of more than 400 retired professors from ASU and other universities. The Courses and Lectures program offers members the opportunity to lecture and teach in their disciplines beyond campus boundaries, said Len Gordon, dean of the college.

Lectures are usually 50 to 75 minutes long, and courses can vary from one to 10 lectures. Single lectures are presented gratis to service and other nonprofit groups, though honoraria are appreciated. Courses usually require a modest stipend.

A sample of lectures and courses available:

“The Northern Lights: Myths and Science,” a lecture by Per Aanestad, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy, ASU.

“Your Brain,” a course by Jay Braun, professor emeritus of psychology, ASU.

“The Oral Traditions of American Indians,” lecture by Lou-ellen Finter, professor emerita of music education, Five Towns College.

“Walt Whitman’s Final Illness and Surprising Autopsy,” lecture by Beatrice Gordon, professor emerita of English,” ASU.

“Intimacy and Commitment,” a lecture by Mary Laner, professor emerita, sociology, ASU.

“Literary Traditions in the Bible and Gospels,” a course by Donald K. Sharpes, professor emeritus of education, Weber State University.

Organizations wishing to have lectures or courses on topics other than those listed in the Guide to Lectures and Courses may contact the Emeritus College and the college will attempt to provide an expert speaker.

For more information, or to receive a Guide to Lectures and Courses, contact the Emeritus College, (480) 965-0002.

Durban Platform policy brief published by Bodansky


August 29, 2012

A policy paper by Dan Bodansky, ASU Lincoln Professor of Law, Ethics, and Sustainability, has been published by the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

In “The Durban Platform Negotiations: Goals and Options,” Bodansky makes recommendations about a climate-change agreement that was made during a United Nations conference held in 2011 in Durban, South Africa. Download Full Image

To read the paper, click here.

Bodansky is a preeminent authority on global climate change whose teaching and research focus on international environmental law and public international law. He teaches courses in international law and sustainability. His scholarship includes three books and dozens of articles and book chapters on international law, international environmental law and climate change policy.