Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation with Sponsorship by

 the Center for Urban and Global Studies

Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut

 April 3-4, 2017

Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation through a grant to Trinity College, the Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) will host an international symposium entitled “Urban Sustainability in Asia: Many Dimensions, Multiple Disciplines, and Diverse Approaches” on April 3-4, 2017 on the campus of Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. As one of the first liberal arts colleges to have received a Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) grant, a community of Trinity faculty and students have been engaged in a variety of programming activities including: summer traveling programs for students and faculty in China, Japan. Southeast Asia, faculty course development, student research during the summer, and teaching on sustainability in Asia by Luce visiting scholars from China and Great Britain. This symposium will provide a platform for sharing and reflecting on the progress and outcomes of Luce-funded activities by three groups of participants: Trinity faculty and students, representatives from three other liberal arts colleges that have also received LIASE grants, and scholars from China and Southeast Asia who have collaborated with Trinity faculty and students.

Besides its environmental dimension, which is highlighted by a primary focus of the LIASE grant, sustainability has important economic, social, and cultural dimensions. The tension and balance between these dimensions manifest themselves intensively in the ecological and built environs of Asia’s large metropolitan centers. The symposium will allow the participants to discuss:

1. The experiences and lessons of Trinity’s LIASE programing relative that at Bard College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

2. The improved understanding of the various dimensions of urban sustainability in Asia through interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches.

3. The output and its potential publication of Trinity faculty and students’ work from Luce-supported research.