Ethics & Climate Change

The Center is taking part in a set of activities designed to raise awareness on the Brandeis campus about climate changes and the choices we make with regard to the environment.

The Green Canvas: The Artist as Environmental Activist


Hoseob Yoon of Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea

Distinguished Visiting Practitioner Residency

February 8-11, 2010

Can we design our way to a greener climate?

Hoseob Yoon, a South Korean graphic artist who has devoted his career and his life to protecting the environment, served as the Center’s fourth Distinguished Visiting Practitioner.

His residency included class visits, art demonstrations, exhibits, and one-on-one visits with students and members of the community. Yoon shared his message about the risk of climate change and the threats it poses to agriculture, water supplies, health, and biodiversity.

Hoseob Yoon is a graduate of the Seoul National University College of Fine Art. He has worked as an Art Director for Oricom Seoul and as a Creative Director for Daewoo.

From 1982 to 2008 he was a professor in the Department of Visual Communication Design in the Kookmin University College of Design, and since 2008 has been an honor professor at Kookmin University.

Among other accomplishments, he served as a board member of the 1988 Seoul Olympics Design Committee, and was the designer of the official poster and emblem of the 17th World Scout Jamboree (1991). He has exhibited in South Korea, Japan, and Thailand.

View Professor Yoon's C.V. [PDF].

View Professor Yoon’s environmentally-focused designs

View Professor Yoon’s "Green Canvas" website, where he features the work of his students. 

For a schedule of public events during Professor Yoon's residency at Brandeis University, see below.

Visit Brandeis University's website devoted to issues of climate change. For more information, contact us here.Yoon peace

This residency was sponsored by the Ethics Center and the Program in Sustainable International Development in the Heller School with lead faculty member Eric Olson. It is part of a year of activities designed to raise awareness on the Brandeis campus about climate change and the choices we all make in relation to the Earth's environment, now and in the future.

The Distinguished Visiting Practitioner program brings respected practitioners in any field to campus for several days to examine the ethical challenges and dilemmas of that field.

Distinguished Practitioners are in residence at Brandeis from three to five days, to offer public events, visit classes, and engage students interested in pursuing a career in their field.

Faculty members from any department on campus are invited to propose future Distinguished Visiting Practitioners by emailing a proposal to

Schedule of Public Events

Monday, February 8

Gallery Talk with the Artist – Professor Yoon kicked off the residency with a discussion of his artwork and his activism – and how the two overlap. (2:00-3:30 pm; Shapiro Campus Center Gallery)

Tuesday, February 9

Keynote Address: "The Green Canvas: The Artist as Environmental Activist" (7:00 pm; Pollack Auditorium)

KSA Hangout – Gather with Professor Yoon for an informal conversation hosted by the Korean Student Association. Refreshments will be served. (9:00 pm; Ridgewood Commons)

Wednesday, February 10 ( Wednesday's events were cancelled due to weather-related close of University)

"A Day in the Life of an Environmental Artist" – Are you an artist who seeks to engage with climate change or other pressing social issues? Are you an activist committed to making a difference? Listen to Professor Yoon tell stories about the choices that he made, the people who influenced him, and his day-to-day life committed to the Earth's environment. Dessert and drinks provided. All are welcome. (2:00-3:30 pm; Shapiro Campus Center Gallery)

"Office Hours with Professor Yoon" – Here's your chance to ask Professor Yoon focused questions one-on-one. Don't miss this opportunity to speak with this noted artist/activist in a casual, individual setting. First come, first served; no appointment needed. (3:30-4:30 pm; Shapiro Campus Center Gallery)

Thursday, February 11

Designing a Greener Future – Come and work with Professor Hoseob Yoon to collaborate on the design and painting of T-shirts with artful messages that will help preserve the planet. Bring your own T-shirt if you want! All are welcome -- to design, paint, watch, discuss! Hosted by Students for Environment Action (SEA). Snacks were be served. (2:00-8:00 pm; Shapiro Campus Center Atrium)