The Graduate Council LecturesSpeaker: Carolyn Merchant, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC BerkeleyIn the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century, when environmental awareness over loss of forests and depletion of soils was in its infancy, the long term goal of the betterment of humankind through the control of nature was a significant advancement. The experimental vision put forward by Francis Bacon and others enabled humanity to understand science and manage nature. For the 21st century, however, the ethic of control is giving way to one of partnership with the natural world. A partnership ethic entails a viable, sustainable relationship in which connections to the global world are recognized through science, technology, and ecological exchanges. It is an ethic in which humans act to fulfill both humanity's vital needs and nature's needs while restraining human hubris.