By NR Staff • 

Philosophy lectures April 21-22 at Linfield

The lectures will take place Sunday and Monday, April 21-22. Admission is free.

Based on the theme “Educational Reforms that Address the Ecology of War,” the programs will explore ideological, technological and economic forces that have created a state of conflict that can be identified as an “ecology of war,” Bowers said. He said these conflicts exist today in the form of cyber attacks, in the use of drones to kill people perceived to be enemies, in efforts to colonize other cultures, in the exploitation and destruction of habitats and species, and in the conflict between ideologies that reduce political decisions to that of avoiding compromising with the enemy.

He will discuss “How Language Undermines the Revitalization of the Cultural Commons” at 7 p.m. Sunday in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. At 7 p.m. Monday in the Pioneer Reading Room, he will discuss “Technologies that Undermine the Exercise of Ecological Intelligence.”

Bower said he will explain how classroom teachers and university professors need to understand their role as mediators in helping students recognize the ecological differences between their cultural commons and consumer-based experiences.

Bowers received his Ph.D. in educational studies at the University of California. He is the author of 21 books and more than 103 articles, published in a variety of disciplinary journals. He co-founded an international online journal called “The Ecojustice Review: Educating for the Commons.”

His research primarily focuses on environmental ethics in cultural perspective, cultural issues in environmental education, and the cultural commons.

The Walter Powell-Linfield College Annual Philosophy Lectureship is supported by a gift from Michael Powell in honor of his father. Walter Powell, who founded Powell’s Bookstore, the largest private bookstore in the United States with over one million volumes.

For more information, contact Kaarina Beam at 503-883-2216 or


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