2006 Karbank Symposium in Environmental Philosophy

The Philosophy Department at Boston University invites you to attend its annual symposium exploring issues in environmental philosophy. Sessions will take place on Thursday, March 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. Each speaker’s session will include a 45-minute presentation, followed by a 5-minute commentary and audience questions and discussion. All sessions will be held in the Metcalf Trustee Center at Boston University, One Sherborn Street, ninth floor, Boston, Massachusetts.


4 p.m.

Stella Papasavva — “Addressing Environmental Issues for the Automotive Industry”

Dr. Stella Papasavva (GRS’92) has been a senior researcher at the research and development center of General Motors Corporation since 1997. She is working in the sustainable automotive futures program conducting life cycle analysis assessments of automotive materials and processes. She received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in physical chemistry and international environmental policy from Tufts University in 1997, an M.A. in the energy and environmental studies from Boston University in 1992, and an M.A. in physics from Northeastern University in 1988.

5:30 p.m.

Biruté Galdikas — “Orangutans and Humans”

Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas was chosen by Dr. Louis Leakey to study the orangutan and has now spent 35 years in the field studying and saving the only Asian Great Ape—the longest ongoing continuous study of any mammal in the world. Dr. Galdikas has twice been featured on the cover of National Geographic and is the author of scores of scientific articles and reviews, as well as two books, including her autobiography, Reflections of Eden. She has won several prestigious awards, including being named Indonesia’s Hero for the Earth, and is presently Professor Extraordinaire at the Universitas Nasional in Jakarta and Full Professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.


The Trustee Center is on the ninth floor of the building that houses the BU School of Management, which is located just west of Kenmore Square at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Sherborn Street. Enter the building at the Sherborn Street entrance and take the closest elevators up to the ninth floor.Get more detailed directions.

Please note: There are many metered parking spaces and parking lots on the BU campus, but public transportation, via the Green Line “B train” o the MBTA, is always recommended.