Speakers Tackle Environmental Issues

Speakers Tackle Environmental Issues
Hugh La Bounty became the president of the university in 1977 and served until 1991.

The 2009 Hugh O. La Bounty Chair presents three upcoming guest speakers who will focus on “Environmental Sustainability and its Challenges.” This year's theme was chosen by faculty members in the new Science, Technology and Society major, who wanted to spotlight the importance of sustainability and spark discussions among faculty and students.

“The spring quarter presentations are intended to educate people about the issues, give interesting and engaging activities for professors to use in their classes and contribute to more extended conversations about the issues on campus,” says Victoria Bhavsar, program coordinator for the Faculty Center for Professional Development.

On Tuesday, April 14, author Paul Roberts will discuss the energy crisis and the real costs of solving that problem. In a talk titled “Talking about a Revolution: Reframing the Public Debate over Energy Policy,” Roberts will speak on world oil supplies, energy independence, conservation, public policy and the media.

Author of “The End of Oil” and “The End of Food,” Roberts has been a journalist since 1983 and regularly appears on national and international television and radio shows. His speaking event takes place at noon in the Bronco Student Center's Ursa Major C.

On April 28, Peter Gleick, co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute, will tackle the global water crisis and present new ways of thinking to overcome the challenges. He will introduce “peak water” and “peak ecological water,” two concepts from his new book “The World's Water 2008-2009.” This event will be held at noon on the eighth floor of the CLA Building 98.

On May 11, Dale Jamieson, director of Environmental Studies at New York University, will lecture on how global justice and moral responsibility relate to environmental issues. His talk is at noon in the Bronco Student Center's Ursa Minor Suite.

Named after Hugh O. La Bounty, the university's third president, the endowed chair regularly coordinates events provide students a variety of views, experiences and opinions. For more information, visit www.cpp.edu/~facultycenter/labountychair/.