Story posted April 18, 2006
Award-winning environmental author Bill McKibben will give a pair of lectures this week on the topic of global warming.
McKibben will present "What Comes After Globalization? Local Economies and Human Well Being" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 20, 2006, in Druckenmiller Hall, Room 016. McKibben will discuss one version of what might come next, as we attempt to deal with global warming, peak oil, and the curious fact that economic growth is no longer boosting human happiness. This presentation is open to the Bowdoin community. A book signing will follow the event. McKibben's books will be on sale after the lecture, and are also available at the Bowdoin Bookstore.
"The Environment as a Moral Issue: How Big Should People Be?" is the title of McKibben's public lecture at 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 21, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. In this talk, he will discuss global warming and other large-scale environmental dilemmas, with a particular attempt to understand not only the scientific data but what that data says about the societies we have built.
Bill McKibben is the author of nine books including The End of Nature, the first book for a general audience on global warming. Published in 1989, it is now available in 20 languages. His book Enough critiques human genetic engineering, nanotechnology and other rapidly advancing technologies.
A former staff writer for The New Yorker, his work appears in Harpers, the Atlantic, the New York Review of Books, and a variety of other national publications.
A scholar in residence at Middlebury College, McKibben is the recipient of Guggenheim and Lyndhurst fellowships and the Lannan Prize in Nonfiction Writing. His most recent book is Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Region, Vermont's Champlain Valley and New York's Adirondacks.
McKibben's lectures are co-sponsored by the Charles F. Adams Lectureship Fund, Bowdoin Concerts and Lectures, The Evergreens, Bowdoin Outdoor Leadership Center, the Writing Project, Sustainable Bowdoin, Dining Services, the Biology, Sociology and Anthropology, and History departments, Cornerstones of Science, and the Environmental Studies Program.
For more information, call 725-3396.