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Waste is a complex subject—simultaneously the discarded excess of our everyday lives and a resource on which other people depend for their livelihood; a problem for governments and businesses; and an idea with wide ranging cultural and social connotations. Beliefs about waste and waste management practices are culturally and socially specific and vary from region to region. Yet with increasing globalization, practices and beliefs about waste in any particular place are consequential on a global scale.
Waste beliefs and practices change over time and diffuse through geographic space. Waste is therefore an ideal lens through which to engage an array of vital, current issues, and grappling with its complexity requires insights from across the academy (social and natural sciences, humanities and arts), public governance and private enterprise. Waste, then, is ideally approached from an integrated, engaged liberal arts perspective.
Ohio Wesleyan has obtained a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to benefit our students and programs, co-directed by John Krygier (Environmental Studies, hereafter ES) and Jim Peoples (East Asian Studies, hereafter EAS). Our focus is waste, broadly defined, in an Asian/Western comparative context. Our project is exploratory: we are asking participating faculty and collaborators to consider the concepts and applications related to waste within their fields or disciplines. Participants are not expected to be experts in waste or waste related fields; instead, this is an interdisciplinary learning experience for all participants.
The means to these ends include:
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