ESPP would like to recognize the life of Dr. Donald Koch, professor emeritus of philosophy at MSU. Dr. Koch and his wife Barbara Sawyer-Koch created the Fate of the Earth Endowment and making possible our annual gathering of students, faculty environmental policy makers, environmental scientists and concerned citizens to discuss the most pressing environmental problems we face.
In honor of Dr. Koch’s legacy, ESPP is pleased to announce the Donald Koch Fate of the Earth Distinguished Lecture Series starting in the fall of 2018.
Professor Koch, a graduate of Pomona College and Claremont Graduate School, was a nationally recognized scholar of American philosopher John Dewey. He believed that philosophers should be more concerned about tackling real-world issues—as was John Dewey, whose basic tenet involves the use of scientific inquiry as the best method for resolving problematic situations. “This has been the driving force in my research and teaching since graduate school,” said Don.
A native of California, Don shared with Barb a passion for the environment and recognized the significant negative impacts that climate change, and air and water degradation will have on future generations.
The Fate of the Earth endowment is Don and Barb’s way to encourage students to understand the critical need for societal changes and take the necessary steps to prevent further destruction of the Earth’s fragile environment.
See past Distinguished Lectures here.
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