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October 18, 2012

Hartwick to host lecture by journalist

Cooperstown Crier

---- — On Thursday, Oct. 25, Hartwick College will welcome journalist Scott Carlson, who will present a lecture titled "Tools for Life: Practical Knowledge, Reinventing Education, and Rebuilding America,” according to a media release from the college.

The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in Anderson Theatre in the Anderson Center for the Arts on the College campus. This event is free and open to the public.

According to the release, the United State and the world face enormous challenges: a stagnant economy, climate change, rotting infrastructure, collapsing ecosystems, and resource scarcities. To meet those challenges, what is needed is people who have both abstract and practical knowledge — the sophistication to understand the complexity of the problems, and the practical know-how to come up with sustainable solutions. 

In his lecture, Carlson will talk about how hands-on skills such as cooking, carpentry, fixing a car and growing food could provide a foundation for people who want to change society, enrich their education, enhance their lives and secure their future.   

Carlson is a senior reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he writes about sustainability, buildings, campus planning, energy, architecture and college management — particularly at small colleges. He is a frequent contributor to Grist, a site for environmental news, and has also written for national magazines such as the Utne Reader and Dwell. He is a contributing writer for Urbanite, an award-winning magazine that focuses on city living and sustainability in Baltimore, Md., where Carlson lives.

This event is sponsored by Hartwick College's 2012-13 'Tools for Life' campus theme. For more information on the lecture, contact Coordinator of Sustainability Programs at Hartwick College Dan Morse at 431-4666 or