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Public Forum with Noted Sustainability Author and Alumnus, Duane Elgin, on May 19

2010. 05. 17.

CALDWELL – Internationally known author and College of Idaho alumnus Duane Elgin, author of Voluntary Simplicity and The Living Universe, will visit The College of Idaho campus on Wednesday, May 19, to discuss sustainability issues with students and the public. Mr. Elgin will conduct a book signing at 7:00 pm in the Hendren Board Room of Sterry Hall, followed by a public forum from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.

Mr. Elgin's many books include Voluntary Simplicity, The Living Universe, Promise Ahead, and Awakening Earth. In 2006, he received the international “Goi Peace Award” in recognition of his contribution to a global “vision, consciousness, and lifestyle.” Early in his career, Mr. Elgin worked as a senior staff member of a joint Presidential-Congressional Commission on the American Future. He has also worked as a senior social scientist with the think-tank SRI International where he coauthored numerous long-range, futures studies. Over the past 25 years, he co-founded three non-profit organizations concerned with media accountability and citizen empowerment.

Mr. Elgin received his bachelor's degree from The College of Idaho. He has an MBA from the Wharton Business School, an MA in economic history from the University of Pennsylvania, and an honorary Doctor of Philosophy for work in “ecological and spiritual transformation” from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. For more information on Duane Elgin, please visit his website at

Founded in 1891, the College of Idaho is the state's oldest, private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on the College of Idaho, visit