September 21, 2012
Anthropology Professor Robert Efird presented on environmental education to graduate and faculty at top teacher training universities while on a Fulbright Fellowship in China last year. Efird, whose research examines environmental education in public schools in China, focuses his work on best practices to engage young students to live sustainably and become good stewards of their ecosystems.
Efird spent his Fulbright year as a Fellow in Kunming, Yunnan Province. He gave more than a dozen lectures on his research, the majority in Chinese, in both mainland China and Taiwan, including at Beijing Normal University and National Taiwan Normal University.
Efird received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 2004. His ethnographic research has focused on Japan and the People’s Republic of China, with an emphasis on Sino-Japanese relations and environmental issues in contemporary China. His article “’Japan’s ‘War Orphans’: Identification and State Responsibility” appeared in the Journal of Japanese Studies, and his book chapter “Learning By Heart: An Anthropological Perspective on Environmental Learning in Lijiang” was published this year in the edited volume Environmental Anthropology Today.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college of Seattle University, offers a Global Awareness Program, a specialization open to students in any major in the college, as well as 42 undergraduate majors, 37 minors, and 7 master’s degrees.
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