RISE 2019 Conference

Transforming University Engagement In Pre- and Post-Disaster Environments: Lessons from Puerto Rico

James Liszka

Professor of Philosophy

State University of New York-Plattsburgh


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James Liszka is Senior Scholar at the Institute for Ethics in Public Life, Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary and Area Studies, and Professor at SUNY, College at Plattsburgh. He was formerly Vice President of Academic Affairs at SUNY Plattsburgh. He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he also served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He was Humanities Fellow at the University of Toronto, Scarborough College. Dr. Liszka received his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research, in New York City. Dr. Liszka lived in Alaska for 30 years and served on the Executive Board of the Alaska Conservation Foundation, and Chair of the Board of the Alaska Humanities Forum. He received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2000 to conduct a seminar on the major environmental issues in Alaska for environmental educators around the country. He has written about and worked on several environmental issues such as the Exxon Oil Spill, the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge and controversies over the Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska. He has served on the Board of the journal, Environmental Ethics, and has published a number of articles on environmental ethics and other ethical matters. He is the author of Moral Competence, among other books on philosophical topics. He teaches environmental ethics at SUNY Plattsburgh, and developed a new pedagogy that focuses on cross-disciplinary approaches to solving local and regional problems. The Common Problem Project, as it is called, has received grant support from the Teagle Foundation, SUNY and the National Science Foundation.