F&ES 790a / 2014-2015
Environmental Leadership and Biography: Values Decision Making and Impact in Environmental Management
1 credit (active course participation), 2 credit (draft personal development plan). This course will ask students to reflect on the approaches and skills needed to be an effective environmental leader. One theme of the class will consider what can be learnt from exploring the lives of great environmental leaders of the past (e.g., John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, John Wesley Powell, Rachel Carson) as revealed through their biographies. Another theme will be strategies for leadership, and personal growth and development, as revealed through discussions with contemporary environmental leaders (e.g., Gus Speth, Frances Beinecke, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Terry Tempest Williams). Some classes will be co-taught with leading faculty from elsewhere at Yale (e.g., History, School of Management). There will also be a panel on Women in Environmental Leadership moderated by the Senior Fellow of the Yale Corporation, Margaret Marshall, who previously served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Students will be encouraged to engage with other environmental leaders visiting F&ES during the fall semester, particularly those visiting in conjunction with F&ES 792a “Structuring Success: Skills and People Required to Convert Social Ideas into Positive Community Reality” .
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