Geography coffee hour hosts biology professor's talk of change agents

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State biology professor Chris Uhl will talk about Penn State educators as “change agents” during the Department of Geography’s Coffee Hour at 4 p.m. Friday, April 17, in 112 Walker, at University Park.

Uhl says his lecture, titled “Teaching as if Life Matters,” is based on his struggles and failures as a teacher at Penn State as well as one of his awakenings and an invitation to possibility. Humans are killing the planet, each other as well as themselves, Uhl says, and he challenges Penn State educators to respond by identifying what kind of change is most essential to flourish, not just to survive.

“These times call us to a comprehensive change in how we understand ourselves — a shift in the beliefs and assumptions that underlie our thoughts, feelings and actions — a re-imagining of what it means to be fully human,” Uhl says.

The talk will be webcast by the geography department and the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute at The talk will be available for later viewing by using the same link.

Coffee Hour is the Department of Geography’s week colloquium series. All are invited each Friday for the talk. Refreshments are served at 3:30 p.m. in 319 Walker.

Last Updated April 16, 2009