Psychology Dept. hosts Four Corners Student Ecological Integrity Summit

CSU - Pueblo Psychology Dept. hosts Four Corners Student Ecological Integrity Summit

PUEBLO – The first human-powered navigator of the globe along with students from universities in Colorado and surrounding states will descend on the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus next weekend to share information about protecting the planet through education. The two-day summit will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23-24, sponsored by the Department of Psychology, Psychology Club, and Psi Chi Honor Society.

Student poster sessions, informational booths, and presentations by four author/experts who all will focus on protecting the environment – Dr. Fred Bender, author and professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado- Colorado Springs; 
 the first human-powered circumnavigator of the globe; Marc Praterelli, author and professor of psychology at CSU-Pueblo and Dave Van Manen, founder and director of the Mountain Park Environmental Center in Pueblo.

The first session will begin at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23 in Psychology 205 with talks continuing from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 in Chemistry 104. Posters, information booths, and morning refreshments on Saturday will be available in Psychology 202F.

Bender (Sat., 1:30-2 p.m., Chemistry 104) specializes in ecological philosophy, the Asian philosophical traditions, east-west comparative philosophy, Marxism, critical theory, Phenomenology, and existentialism and teaches courses on the philosophy of sustainability, ecology and environment, and religion. Among his published works are The Culture of Extinction: Toward a Philosophy of Deep Ecology (2003), and The Communist Manifesto – A Norton Critical Edition (1998). He earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University.

Jason LewisLewis (Fri.,7-8 p.m., OUC Hearthwell Lounge) set out from Greenwich Meridian in East London on July 12, 1994 with Steve Smith to attempt the first circumnavigation of the globe using only human power. More than 4,800 days later (4,833 days and 11 hours), he re-crossed the line, gaining credit as completing the first circumnavigation of the world by human power alone. Expedition 360 led Jason across five continents, two oceans, and two seas. Using only human power, he walked, cycled, roller-bladed, kayaked, swam, rowed and pedaled (in a unique pedal-powered boat called Moksha, meaning liberation in Sanskrit) 46,505 miles. Among the challenges he faced included malaria, scepticemia (mid-Pacific), altitude sickness (Himalayas), attack by a salt water crocodile (Australia) and an accident with a car (Colorado), resulting in compound fractures to both legs. Besides overcoming the physical challenges, Lewis’ objectives
included promoting environmentally friendly travel, world citizenship between cultures, and awareness of climate change among young people.
Praterelli (Sat.,, 3:30-4 p.m., Chemistry 104) is author of three books Niche Bandits: How BIG Brains Consumed an Ecosystem (2003), Paradigm Shift: Evolutional Psychology/Ethics for Environmentalists, and most recently Myopic Man: On the Nature and Universality of Human Self-Deception and its Long Term Effects on our Environment (2008) as well as more than 170 academic publications. His recent studies in human evolutionary psychology have led to a growing International reputation as lecturer, scientist, and consultant. At CSU-Pueblo, Praterelli teaches research methods, human evolutionary psychology, and cognitive neuroscience.

Van Manen (Sat., 10-10:30 a.m., Chemistry 104) is a nationally known children’s musician, storyteller and recording artists with a specialty in environmental music. He has 15 years experience as a clinical music therapist. This year, he received the Enos Mills Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education. He also is the author of Plants of Pueblo Mountain Park: Foothills & Montane Flora of Colorado’s Southeastern Mountains. Through the Mountain Park Environmental Center, he provides behind the scene and in the field experiences for people, especially youth, to experience the wonders of nature. 

For more information, contact Praterelli at 719-549-2625, or Candi Holzer at 719-214-7742 or, or visit

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