About Symposium Against Indifference

The College of Arts and Sciences at Ashland University inaugurated the Symposium Against Indifference in 2003 as a biennial series of events and lectures dedicated to overcoming apathy in the face of human concerns by raising awareness and promoting compassionate engagement. The Symposium seeks to challenge the University community — as well as the wider Ashland community — toward a deeper understanding of difficult affairs and toward creative personal and corporate responses.

Previous Symposium Themes

  • Holocaust - 2001
  • Human Nature - 2003
  • Terrorism - 2005
  • The Promises and Perils of Technology - 2007
  • Inquiry Into What Makes a Hero - 2009
  • Against Global Indifference - 2011
  • Engaging Latin America and the Caribbean - 2013

2015-2016 Symposium: Environmental Sustainability

Index of Events (Click on event title for details)

Building a Green City on a Blue Lake - Mon., Sep. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Trustees' Room (Myers Convocation Center)
Presenter: Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability for the City of Cleveland
Co-sponsored by the Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies & Environmental Science Program

Waste Land (A Film Screening & Discussion) - Mon., Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.

Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence

Nerve (A Film Screening & Discussion) - Mon., Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.

Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence

Pope Francis, the Environment and Christian Life - Wed., Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.

Ridenour Room (Dauch College of Business & Economics
Presenter: Jana Bennett, Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Dayton
Co-sponsored by the Departments of Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy Club and Newman Center

Nuclear Savage (A Film Screening & Discussion) - Mon., Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.

Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence

Education in a Hotter Time - Mon., Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Trustees' Room (Myers Convocation Center)
Presenter: David Orr, Counselor to the President at Oberlin College
Co-sponsored by the Ashland University Honors Program

The Perennial Imagination and the Creative Ground - Tue., Mar. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Trustees' Room (Myers Convocation Center)
Presenter: Bill Vitek, Professor of Philosophy at Clarkson University

Carbon Dioxide Sequestration and Sustainable Energy - Thu., Mar. 31 at 6:30 p.m.

112 Kettering
Presenter: Wayne Goodman, Geologist and AU Alumnus
Co-sponsored by the Department of Chemistry, Geology & Physics

Victories in Public Health: Progress or Adaptation? - Tue., Apr. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Trustees' Room (Myers Convocation Center)
Presenter: Bruce Lanphear, Clinician Scientist at BC Children's Hospital
Co-sponsored by the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Human Health and Common Wealth - Wed., Apr. 13 at 7 p.m.

Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium
Presenter: Scott Russell Sanders, Distinguished Professor of English at Indiana University
Co-sponsored by the Department of English

My Chemical Romance with Green Chemistry - Thu., Apr. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

112 Kettering
Presenter: Marc Klingshirn, Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois Springfield
Co-sponsored by the Department of Chemistry, Geology & Physics

Get In Touch:

Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer 
Professor
420 Kettering Science Building
419.289.5281
jweiden@ashland.edu

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