Tuesday, April 8, 2014

UIS Speakers Series explores "Consumerism, Society and our Ecological Future" on Earth Day

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series will explore “Consumerism, Society and our Ecological Future” on Earth Day. The featured speaker will be Tim Kasser, professor of psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: Human population and economic growth are putting increased pressure on the Earth; our actions and policies are leading to climate disruption, loss of biodiversity, pollution, and unsustainable exploitation of natural resources.

Kasser will use psychological theory and research to show how contemporary culture’s focus on materialistic values and consumerism must be confronted if humans are to construct a sustainable future. He will present a strategic approach that provides lifestyle and policy alternatives that would not only be positive for the planet, but would promote people’s well-being and a more civil society. Come learn about this re-imagining of the American Dream!

Kasser has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles on materialism, values, and goals, among other topics. He is also author or editor of four books, including the The High Price of Materialism and Psychology and Consumer Culture. Over the last decade, Kasser has become increasingly involved with activist groups that work against the commercialization of children and that work towards a more inwardly rich lifestyle than what is offered by consumerism. Among others, he has consulted extensively with the Center for a New American Dream, the Campaign for a Commercial-free Childhood, and the World Wildlife Fund – UK.

For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speakers Series events and more information, visit http://illinois.edu/goto/speakerseries. All events are free and open to the public.

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