Fifth Annual Sustainability Education Symposium at Prescott College

May 16-18, 2013

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With internationally-known keynote speakers and renowned sustainability experts, each May the Prescott College Ph.D. program in Sustainability Education hosts a symposium centered on the theme of sustainability and its connection with education throughout our society. Prescott College is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Sustainability Education Symposium to be held May 16-18, 2013 at the College’s Prescott, Arizona campus. This year the Master of Arts students and faculty will also be present, with the inclusion of master’s thesis presentations on a variety of topics.

This year’s symposium features Owen and Moley Ó Súilleabháin, two singers, speakers, composers, and brothers from Ireland with a rich musical tradition. Owen and Moley have performed internationally with their mother, the singer and theologian Dr. Nóirín Ní Riain. They will bring a mix of music from traditional Irish and sacred songs to ultra-modern original pop songs. Their goal is to write songs that lift the human heart to generosity and gratitude, while also being ‘groovy.’ The brothers have performed with Russell Crowe, The Chieftains, Bobby McFerrin, and renowned poet David Whyte. They are currently working on their 3rd album of sacred a capella songs from many traditions.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Craig Chalquist, department chair of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies and a former core faculty member in the Department of Consciousness & Transformative Studies at John F. Kennedy University. He is an academic adviser and adjunct faculty at Antioch University, Prescott College, and Pacifica Graduate Institute and the online General Psychology instructor for College of the Siskiyous. Dr. Chalquist has worked as a family therapist, conflict resolution facilitator, lecturer, and group facilitator. He earned his PhD at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he studied depth psychology with an ecological approach. While working as a therapist he spent six years providing group counseling for men and women referred for mandatory therapy. In October of 2010 he launched a one-year Certificate in Ecotherapy at JFK University, and designed the curriculum for a Certificate in Ecotherapy and Sustainable Culture for The Graduate Institute in Connecticut. 


Previous Symposium Keynote Speakers
Dr. Mitchell Thomashow, Director of the Second Nature Presidential Fellows Program
Bryant Terry, chef, food justice activist, and author
Jaimie Cloud, Founder and President of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability in Education
Andres Edwards, Sustainability consultant, educator, entrepreneur, and award-winning author
Ron Goode, Chairman of the North Fork Mono Tribe
Dr. Sandy Grande, Associate professor and Chair of the Education Department at Connecticut College
Dr. Devon Peña, Professor of American Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, and the Program on the Environment at the University of Washington
Gibrán Rivera, Senior Associate at the Interaction Institute for Social Change


About Prescott College
Prescott College is the leading provider of blended limited-residency undergraduate and graduate programs in areas of Sustainability Studies and Ph.D. programs in Sustainability Education. Our limited-residency programs are designed for learners seeking an alternative to the constraints of one-size-fits-all courses and classrooms.

Prescott College’s Journal of Sustainability Education (JSE) – a project of the Ph.D. program – serves as a forum for academics and practitioners to share, critique, and promote research, practices, and initiatives that foster the integration of economic, ecological, and social-cultural dimensions of sustainability within formal and non-formal educational contexts.

Prescott College also offers a resident undergraduate program at its main campus in Prescott, Arizona. All programs emphasize student-directed, experience-based learning-by-doing, environmental and cultural responsibility, and social justice. More information is on the web at