Scott Carlson - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Hartwick College To Host Lecture By Journalist Scott Carlson

October 12, 2012

On Thursday, October 25, Hartwick College will welcome journalist Scott Carlson, who will give a lecture titled "Tools for Life: Practical Knowledge, Reinventing Education, and Rebuilding America." The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in Anderson Theatre in the Anderson Center for the Arts on the College campus. This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Our country and our world face enormous challenges: a stagnant economy, climate change, rotting infrastructure, collapsing ecosystems, and resource scarcities. To meet those challenges, we need people who have both abstract and practical knowledge - the sophistication to understand the complexity of the problems, and the practical know-how to come up with sustainable solutions. Cooking. Carpentry. Fixing a car. Growing food. In his lecture, Carlson will talk about how hands-on skills like these could provide a foundation for people who want to change society, enrich their education, enhance their lives, and secure their future.   

Carlson is currently a senior reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he writes about sustainability, buildings, campus planning, energy, architecture, and college management - particularly at small colleges. He is a frequent contributor to Grist, a popular site for environmental news, and has also written for national magazines like the Utne Reader and Dwell. He is a contributing writer for Urbanite, an award-winning magazine that focuses on city living and sustainability in Baltimore, MD where Carlson resides.

This event is sponsored by Hartwick College's 2012-2013 'Tools for Life' campus theme. For more information on the lecture, contact Coordinator of Sustainability Programs at Hartwick College Dan Morse '97 at 607-431-4666 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031