April 17, 2008
Experts on the past and present of environmental
policy to speak at
An interactive symposium on history and public
policy will be held at Mississippi University for
Women Friday, April 25 from noon to 2:30.
“We are very excited to develop this active-learning
experience for students and the general public,”
said Professor Brian Anderson, director of the
symposium. “In this 2 1/2 hour program we are trying
to capture certain strengths of our educational
model at MUW, specifically intensive learning
centered on case studies, permitting a high level of
interaction between expert and audience.”
The topic of the program is “Politics Past and
Present: The History of Environmentalism and
Environmental Policy.” The goal is to give members
of the community and students from area high schools
and the MUW campus an opportunity to interact
directly with experts in the field.
There will be two guests with experience in
different areas of environmentalism and
environmental policy. Dr. Gerald Emison of
Mississippi State University brings decades of
hands-on experience with
environmental policy. He was an EPA administrator
for 20 years, where
he directed the Seattle unit of the Office of Air
Quality Planning and Standards. He also was involved
in toxic cleanup and species protection.
Stephanie Showalter is director of the Sea Grant Law
Center (an affiliate of University of Mississippi
law school), which studies impact of human
development on coastal environments; she specializes
in these problems in Mississippi and Alabama.
In an innovative format for a public symposium, the
audience will not simply listen to these experts.
Instead, after an initial discussion by Dr. Emison
and Showalter, the audience will divide into smaller
groups and move through two lively breakout
sessions, where they will interact with each guest,
asking questions and constructing an in-depth
dialogue not possible in a large auditorium setting.
The symposium will help peel away the media fašade
to learn from the true experts in this important
Anyone interested in getting up to speed in advance
in order better to benefit from the symposium can go
to the website of the MUW history and
Political Science program: http://www.muw.edu/hpgp/.
Instructors may also see opportunities for
constructing assignments for their students out of
This program is free and open to the public. The
initial meeting will be at noon in the Nissan
Auditorium in Parkinson Hall. For more information,
contact Dr. Anderson at email@example.com or (662)
The program is funded in part by a grant from the
Mississippi Humanities Council.