Faculty and students to read renowned environmentalist's latest book, welcome him to campus on Monday, September 8
Friday, August 22, 2014
McKibben is the founder of the global grassroots climate change movement 350.org. He will speak in Lesley’s Marran Theater on Monday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A and book signing.
McKibben’s 1989 book, “The End of Nature,” is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He has since won the 2013 Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and he is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Mass.
Faculty in Lesley’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences chose McKibben’s book, “Eaarth,” as this year’s common reading for all faculty and students. According to Dean Mary Coleman, “Engaging students and faculty in a common reading fosters conversations across disciplines, connects our students to real-world challenges, and awakens their roles as global citizens – and informed cosmopolitans.”
Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are engaging in a year-long conversation about “Eaarth,” in which McKibben writes that the effects of climate change are already upon us, and asserts that fundamental behavioral change is our best hope to survive on a planet that is out of balance.
“Bill McKibben’s visit sets the stage for a year of substantive discussions and explorations of this most critical issue and the mighty challenges of climate change that face us all,” says Dr. David Morimoto, chair of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics program at Lesley University. “Much of our teaching and research relate to the topic of climate change directly, the urgency of which is finally starting to become a widespread realization.”
McKibben’s visit to campus also underpins Lesley’s commitment to sustainability. As a signer of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, Lesley University has pledged to address climate change. The university is committed to promoting scholarship in environmental studies and similar fields, and Lesley has pledged to recycle and compost 50 percent of its waste annually by 2016 and achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.
The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held at 6:30pm on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 in Lesley’s Marran Theater, 34 Mellen St., Cambridge, Mass., and a book signing will follow at 8pm in Marran Gallery.
Named to Foreign Policy’s inaugural list as one of the world's 100 most important global thinkers, Bill McKibben holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities, and the Boston Globe said he was "probably America's most important environmentalist." A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern.
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