AUNE Faculty in the News

Three Antioch University New England (AUNE) faculty members recently had interviews, articles, or columns published in the media.

Abigail Abrash Walton, ES faculty member and assistant to the president for sustainability and social justice at AUNE, was a recent guest on Earth Matters, an environmental news radio program aired from Melbourne, Australia.

In a two-part program, Abi shared her expertise and research findings about the negative environmental impact and human rights violations caused in West Papua, Indonesia, by Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold, Inc., an American mining company. Discussion participants also included author John Braithwaite, John Ondawame of the West Papuan National Coalition for Liberation, and Pius Ginting of Friends of the Earth Indonesia.

The first segment of the broadcast aired on October 31.

The second segment aired on December 5. Listen to the podcast here.

Read this front-page New York Times story, citing Abi’s research about the environmental and human rights impacts of the Freeport gold and copper mine in West Papua, Indonesia, here

In the Huffington Post, Beth Kaplin wrote “Women and the impact of the Global Conservation Act.” In her defense of the legislation, Beth explained how the Global Conservation Act would streamline the way funds from the federal government are spent, leading to even more effective initiatives. “The bill would position the U.S. as a global leader in international conservation while establishing, for the first time, a national global conservation strategy,” wrote Beth. “A coordinated strategy that helps curb the loss of natural resources, improves health and supports women is a boon for everyone.”

Read Beth’s November 29 Huffington Post guest column here.

O&M adjunct faculty member Jennifer Elder wrote a Triple Pundit column, “Can Manufacturing Come Back to the U.S.?” In the column, Jennifer described reshoring, or bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. She contends that manufacturing can return to the U.S. and notes some of the costs many companies don’t consider before deciding to move their manufacturing abroad. Jennifer also described the Reshoring Manufacturing Initiative (RMI), founded by Harry Moser. Moser is so convinced that reshoring is an option for American companies that he has developed a free analytic tool that companies can use to determine whether moving manufacturing abroad is economically viable.

Read Jennifer’s November 11 article here.

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