new series of talks about environmental issues will be held in
April at U.Va. Sponsored by the environmental sciences department's
Literacy Program, the Tremaine Forum on the Environment will
feature speakers who bring an interdisciplinary perspective to
environmental topics, ranging from trash to global warming.
environmental sciences department wants to involve a broader base
of the University community, because citizens now and in the future
need to understand how the environment works, so they can make
prudent decisions about environmental issues," said James
Galloway, department chair.
Thomson, who holds a joint appointment in environmental sciences
and government and foreign affairs departments, and ecologist
Tom Smith, an associate professor of environmental sciences, coordinate
series, free and open to the public, is also supported by Arts
& Sciences, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and an anonymous
donor. In addition, the first two talks are co-sponsored with
the Engineering School's Committee for the History of Technology
and the Environment and the third with the Law School.
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Counts as Trash?" Susan Strasser, history professor at
the University of Delaware The definition of trash has changed
over time, Strasser says. The fundamental habits of reuse practiced
by 19th-century Americans have given way to the throwaway routines
of today's consumer culture, asserts Strasser, whose most recent
book is Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash.
April 19, 4 p.m. Clark 147
Wild: The Automobile and the Making of Modern Wilderness."
Paul Sutter, postdoctoral fellow in the Engineering School's
Division of Technology, Culture and Communication
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Apart: Risk, Regulation and Political Culture." Sheila
Jasanoff, professor of science and public policy, Harvard's
John F. Kennedy School of Government For information, contact
program co-directors Vivian Thomson at 924-3964 or Tom Smith
at 924-3107, or see the web site, http://ecology.evsc.virginia.edu/envlit/