2022 Conference Speakers

Monday, April 4, 6:00-7:30 pm. Opening Plenary Presentation.

Meghan Chapple, Vice President for Sustainability, Georgetown University.

Title: Future of Sustainability and Resilience in Higher Education Depends on Inclusivity.

Bio: Meghan Chapple serves as the Vice President of Sustainability at Georgetown University. She oversees a unique set of operational, academic, and policy responsibilities to position Georgetown as a prominent contributor both nationally and globally on sustainability. She brings expertise in innovation, entrepreneurship, renewable energy, urban farming, biodiversity, inclusive sustainability, environmental justice, circularity, and green buildings. Meghan has worked as a change agent for sustainability in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Most recently she led the George Washington University (GW) through its comprehensive sustainability strategy process, and established GW's reputation as a leader in sustainability. Meghan advised F50 corporations at SustainAbility and Odwaga, managed the global business education network at World Resources Institute, led youth education for The Nature Conservancy on the southside of Chicago, served in Americorps with Public Allies Chicago, and has supported many social innovation and sustainable enterprises. She has an MBA in Corporate Strategy and a MS in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Environmental Science from Northwestern University.  


Tuesday, April 5, 4:30-5:15 pm. Plenary Session: Sustainability.

Jennifer Ann Bates, Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University

Title: Rewilding: A Hegelian Reflection

Bio: Jennifer Ann Bates is Full Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University (Ph.D., Toronto, 1997). She specializes in 19th century German philosophy with an emphasis on Hegel. She is the author of Hegel's Theory of Imagination (SUNY 2004), Hegel and Shakespeare on Moral Imagination (SUNY 2010), and co-editor (with Richard Wilson) of Shakespeare and Continental Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). She has published numerous book chapters, most recently on Hegel and Shakespeare's Coriolanus (in the Arden Shakespeare's Coriolanus: A Critical Reader, February 2021), on "Sustaining the Trivial: Why the Liberal Arts and the Environment Need to be Sustained Together" (inThe Global Sustainability Challenge, 2020) and on Kant and Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew (in The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy, 2019). Bates has published articles in the Wallace Stevens Journal, the Journal for Environmental Ethics, Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts, Memoria di Shakespeare, Philosophy Compass, Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, and Philosophy Today. Professor Bates is the General Editor of Idealistic Studies: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy