Alexis Detocqueville: Sustainability Lessons from a Dead French Guy

Dr. Charles Fenner, a 20 year military veteran, served as an administrative officer in US Embassies world-wide. These embassies include: Bucharest, Riyadh, Moscow, and Hanoi.  He brings a unique perspective from having served in positions supporting international relations between the US and host nation.  Dr. Fenner teaches professional ethics, communication and business at SUNY Canton. Dr. Fenner's lectures focus on breaking down complex topics into applicable actions for today's youth and common man/woman.

This lecture is part of a semester long series used  " raise campus and community awareness about environmental and sustainability issues and how they touch each and every one of us in our careers and lives," said Matthew J. Burnett, assistant professor of Graphic and Multimedia Design at SUNY Canton, who created the series.  Other presentations include:

  • Matthew J. Burnett, an assistant professor in the Graphics and Multimedia Design program at SUNY Canton, will discuss the "Bureaucracy of Nature" March 13.
  • Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor in the Automotive program at SUNY Canton, will discuss advances in automotive technology that increase efficiency March 27.
  • Rich Douglass is the owner of Sow's Ear Farm, a 160-acre nonelectric horse-powered subsistence farm in Hermon. He will talk about low-tech solutions for a post-carbon world April 3.
  • Richard Burns from National Grid will be speaking about reducing oil dependency April 17.
  • Nicholas C. Kocher, an assistant professor for Business and Public Administration at SUNY Canton, will discuss marketing sustainability April 24.

For more information about the events, contact Burnett at 386-7212 or