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Friend in Residence 2012

Haverford College is pleased to welcome Peter G. Brown as the 2012 Friend in Residence from March 20th – April 1st. Now in its second year, Haverford’s Friend in Residence program brings gifted and experienced Quakers to campus for extended interactions with students, staff faculty, and the community. The aim is to stimulate reflection on the connections between academic pursuits and “letting one’s life speak.”

Brown, a 1961 graduate of Haverford, is a professor at McGill University, where he is affiliated with the School of Environment, the Department of Geography, and the Department of Natural Resource Sciences. Before going to McGill, he founded the University of Maryland’s Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, as well as its School of Public Policy, and established the School’s environmental policy program.

A member of the Religious Society of Friends, Brown is the author of Restoring the Public Trust: A Fresh Vision for Progressive Government in America and The Commonwealth of Life: Economics for a Flourishing Earth. He is the co-author, with Geoffrey Garver, of Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy, which expands the Quaker concept of “right relationship” to advocate for a global perspective on using the earth’s resources and a shift away from the emphasis on growth.

As part of his residency, Brown will give a public talk titled “Saving Our Future: Is What You Are Learning Helpful? Rethinking the Human-Earth Relationship.” The talk, part of the President’s Social Justice Speaker series, will take place on March 21st at 6:30 p.m. in Stokes Auditorium. The talk will be preceded by a reception in the lobby of Stokes Hall at 6:00 p.m.

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