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Scholar In Residence Public Presentation- Jon Isham
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jon Isham has been a member of the Middlebury College faculty since 1999, with a joint appointment in Economics and Environmental Studies. The co-founder of Middlebury’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the first of its kind in the liberal arts, he is known for designing and leading courses that emphasize hands-on learning to effect social change. Students in his 2005 “Building the New Climate Movement” went on to co-found 350.org; students in his recent social entrepreneurship courses have gone on to found Sparkfund, Sword & Plough, and other cutting-edge social enterprises. In the last few years, Jon has given keynote talks and led seminars about social entrepreneurship in the liberal arts at Hamilton College, Hampshire College, Wilfred Laurier University, Westmont College, and the College of New Jersey, among others. Jon has served on the Board of Directors of Brighter Planet (a company he co-founded with two former students), Planet Forward, Climate Counts, and St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island. At Middlebury, he has been elected twice to the Faculty Council and chaired the Environmental Studies Program. He has published articles in journals as diverse as Quarterly Journal of Economies, Society and Natural Resources, Rural Sociology, Economic Development and Cultural Change, World Bank Economic Review, and Vermont Law Review. Before joining the Middlebury faculty, Jon served in the Peace Corps in Benin, lead a crew at the East Bay Conservation Corps, and was a researcher and assistant project manager at the World Bank.