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Environmentally speaking

A new series of talks about environmental issues will be held in April at U.Va. Sponsored by the environmental sciences department's Environmental 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.

"The 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.

Vivian 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 the program.

The 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.

  • April 7, 2 p.m. Clark 147
    "What 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
    "Driven Wild: The Automobile and the Making of Modern Wilderness." Paul Sutter, postdoctoral fellow in the Engineering School's Division of Technology, Culture and Communication

  • April 26, 4 p.m. Clark 147
    "Worlds 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,


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