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Upcoming conference to focus on ‘Globalization and the Environment’

Sharon Sullivan
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The Mexican artistic group Tresomos will be one of the presenters at the fifth annual Four Corners Conference Oct. 25 and 26 at Colorado Mesa University.
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WHAT: Fifth annual Four Corners Conference

WHEN: Fri.-Sat., Oct. 25-26

WHERE: Colorado Mesa University, University Center

COST: $20 for two-day conference; $10 for Craig Child’s presentation only; free for CMU students; $5 for area students

INFO: 970-248-1072; http://www.coloradomesa.edu/fourcorners

Renowned Colorado author Craig Childs will be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual Four Corners Conference at Colorado Mesa University planned for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26.

Childs won the 2013 Orion Book Award and the 2013 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. His latest book is “Apocalyptic Planet: A Field Guide to the Future of the Earth.” Childs will speak at the University Center at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The theme of this year’s multi-disciplinary Four Corners Conference is “Globalization and the Environment,” featuring various panel discussions made up of presenters from across the United States.



Topics include globalization and ecological degradation; the environment and endangered species portrayed in literature; wildlife conservation in South Africa; and, energy development in western Colorado.

The Mexican artistic group Tresomos will lead a session regarding garbage, art and the environment on Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the Grand Mesa Multi-Purpose Room.



“They have a way of re-thinking garbage,” organizer and CMU Spanish professor Mayela Vallejos-Ramirez said.

The conference is multi-disciplinary, drawing on a variety of academic disciplines including social sciences, linguistics, communications, literature, film and technology. Some of the panels will be in both English and Spanish.

The name Four Corners stems from the initial conference where organizers expected to bring speakers from the Four Corners region: Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.

“Since the beginning it’s been well-received,” Vallejos-Ramirez said, with presenters wanting to come from all over, including internationally.

“This year’s conference is proving to be our most exciting,” organizer and CMU Spanish Prof. Tom Acker said in a news release. “On the local level, our presenters include academics as well as activists dealing with environmental themes covering geographic areas as near as the Grand Valley and as far away as South America, the U.S. Mexican border and beyond.”


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