- June 22, 2018
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Asoka Bandarage has dedicated decades of her life to environmental and social activism and is familiar with the challenge of maintaining personal and collective wellbeing while facing overwhelming global crises. In this talk, drawing on Buddhist philosophy, meditation practices, and personal experience, Dr. Bandarge shares insights for creating a balanced path towards environmental and social sustainability.
She challenges us to look beyond the dire forecasts and explore the unique contributions we can make as individuals and as a collective to address our intertwined social and planetary crises.
Asoka Bandarage was educated at the University of Sri Lanka, Bryn Mawr College, and at Yale University where she received a PhD in Sociology. She has served on the faculties of Brandeis University, Georgetown University, and Mount Holyoke College where she received tenure and was also the Chair of the Women's Studies Program. She has also taught at the European University for Peace, Colorado College and the California Institute for Integral Studies.
Dr. Bandarage is the author of the books: Colonialism in Sri Lanka, Women, Population and Global Crisis, The Separatist Conflict in Sri Lanka, Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society and the Economy and numerous other publications on South Asia, global political-economy, ethnicity, gender and ecology. She has given hundreds of presentations, including a talk at the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York and a keynote lecture at the South Asian Studies Conference at the University of Hawaii.
She has also given numerous media interviews on CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC, NPR and Bloomberg News on Asian and global political-economic and environmental issues. Dr. Bandarage writes a column on global environmental and social issues in the Huffington Post and serves on the boards of a number of publications and organizations including Critical Asian Studies, Interfaith Moral Action on Climate and The International Buddhist Association of America.