by Gary Martin (GEN Founder & Executive Director)
The Global Environments Summer Academy 2011 celebrates the beginning of its fourth week by launching the GESA 2011 Alumni Blog. The blog will allow the participants, who come from 17 countries and a diversity of academic disciplines, to continue to interact as they return to their field sites, places of work and universities.
In the initial three weeks of the Academy, lecturers and guest speakers from 14 different countries led an exploration of environmental history, biocultural diversity and sustainability studies. In the final week, the participants will present their own research projects and share critical analyses of academic articles, environmental films, policy matters and works of eco-fiction. The Academy will end on Friday 26 August with a visit to the Hermannsdorfer Organic Farm and Brewery outside Munich.
Stay tuned to this blog for updates on the activities and insights of the alumni of this first Global Environments Summer Academy. To get the ball rolling, let me ask GESA 2011 participants for reflections on how they expect the Academy to impact their future environmental advocacy, networking and research.