Sacks selected Mines Distinguished Lecturer

GOLDEN, Colo., March 3, 2009 – Arthur Sacks, Liberal Arts and International Studies professor and director of the Guy T. McBride Jr. Honors Program in Public Affairs for Engineers, was chosen by his peers as Colorado School of Mines’ 2009 Faculty Senate Distinguished Lecturer. 

Sacks’ lecture, “The Purpose of the University: The Future, Sustainability and Educational Transformation,” will be presented at 4 p.m. March 25, in Metals Hall in the Green Center, 924 16th St., on the Mines campus in Golden.
“In order for a technological university such as Mines to fully meet its public responsibility, we must enhance the interdisciplinary study of the human-environment system, advancing the cultural, social, behavioral and policy side of our institutional house as much as we advance the technical and technological side,” said Sacks. “We face no greater challenge and no higher purpose.”
Sacks, who joined the Mines faculty in 1993, has served as director of the Liberal Arts and International Studies Division and as Associate Vice President for Academic and Faculty Affairs. He is a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Education and a fellow in the Society for Values in Higher Education. Previously, he has held positions with the North American Association for Environmental Education, International Society for Environmental Education and the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Agreement on Environmental Protection. Sacks also has served as an advisor to the ministers of environment and/or education in China, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.
The Faculty Senate Distinguished Lecturer Award, established in 1990, gives Mines faculty the opportunity to annually recognize one of their outstanding colleagues. They select a lecturer admired and respected as an educator, as well as a person known for having stimulating ideas to convey and an ability to communicate those ideas effectively.
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