The Asian Environmental Studies (AES) Initiative at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. The initiative builds on existing institutional strengths at HWS in Environmental Studies and Asian Studies, and seeks to infuse East Asia in a meaningful and substantive manner into teaching and research on human-environment relations at HWS. The initiative also seeks to catalyze AES work across the liberal arts community through curriculum workshops, collaborative research and teaching, symposia, study abroad, and other programs.
Plastic bottles and other items bundled for recycling at a
government-run recycling center in 2010 (Beijing, China).
Photo by Tom Drennen.
Construction at the site of the Xiaowan Hydroelectric Dam on
the Lancang (Upper Mekong) River in spring 2005 (Yunnan
Province, China). Photo by Darrin Magee.
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee, a China geographer with expertise in water and energy in China, was recently quoted in a Voice of America report, "China Mekong Dam Project Generates Growing Controversy." "The methods being used to build the dams are increasingly coming under attack, however, because of the projects' environmental and social impacts. And China's plan to ... More >>
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee was one of three panelists who presented, "How many light bulbs does it take to change China?" at the Woodrow Wilson Center's China Environment Forum on Oct. 3. The panel discussed China's extensive measures to improve air quality by capping coal consumption and better regulating pollution emissions from coal-fired power plants. Magee, a C... More >>
A recent article in The Economist quotes Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee, a China geographer with expertise in water and energy in China. The article discusses a $5.2 billion dam scheduled to be built on the Yangzi river, noting its construction will destroy some of the country's most fertile farmland and potentially wipe out a rare fish preserve. The article explains "A... More >>
As part of its Asian Environmental Studies Initiative, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host its second Asian Environmental Studies (AES) Curriculum Development Workshop, Monday, Aug. 19 through Wednesday, Aug. 21. Paul Barber, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California at Los Angeles, will present the keyn... More >>