The Asian Environmental Studies (AES) Initiative at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. The initiative builds on existing institutional strengths at HWS in Environmental Studies and Asian Studies, and seeks to infuse East Asia in a meaningful and substantive manner into teaching and research on human-environment relations at HWS. The initiative also seeks to catalyze AES work across the liberal arts community through curriculum workshops, collaborative research and teaching, symposia, study abroad, and other programs.
Plastic bottles and other items bundled for recycling at a
government-run recycling center in 2010 (Beijing, China).
Photo by Tom Drennen.
Construction at the site of the Xiaowan Hydroelectric Dam on
the Lancang (Upper Mekong) River in spring 2005 (Yunnan
Province, China). Photo by Darrin Magee.
In June 2014, Sarah Meyer, the community outreach coordinator for the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI), led the annual Technos Program, which promotes international exchange and understanding on the campus of Technos International College, and offers students the opportunity to experience and appreciate Japanese life and culture. During the trip, Meyer captured a series of photographs reflecting on J... More >>
Katherine Cornell '15 has been selected for a prestigious 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to India where a highly prized research grant will give her the opportunity to study the conservation and preservation of historic sites and structures in New Delhi. Known for its competitive field of applicants, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange ... More >>
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Anthony Cerulli is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, earning the sole award in the area of South Asian Studies this year. Since its establishment in 1925, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted more than $325 million in Fellowships to almost 18,000 individuals, among whom are scores of Nobel laureates and poets laureate, as ... More >>
In March 2011, a record 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck Japan's Tohoku region resulting in one of the largest disasters in modern times. Its immediate aftermath brought on a tsunami that hit the nation's coastline about 230 miles northeast of Tokyo, tragically causing widespread loss of life, devastation and nuclear fallout following severe damage sustained by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power ... More >>
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee, a geographer with expertise in water and energy in China, was recently quoted in an article about the threat to regional stability posed by China's complex dam system and, particularly, its lack of clear and effective communication about them. "Troubled waters: the Mekong River crisis," appeared in Financial Times magazine. The article de... More >>