To Host Free Public Lecture Series On Environmental Issues
28, 2000 -- A new series of free public talks about
environmental issues -- from trash to global warming -- will be
held in April at the University of Virginia. The Tremaine Forum
on the Environment features leading guest speakers from a variety
of disciplines and institutions. All talks will be held in Clark
Hall, room 147.
April 7 at 2 p.m. - "What Counts as Trash?" by Susan
Strasser, professor of history at the University of Delaware. The
definition of trash has changed over time, according to Strasser.
The fundamental habits of re-use practiced by 19th-century Americans
have given way to the throwaway routines of todays consumer
culture. Strasser is the author of "Waste and Want: A Social History
April 19 at 4 p.m. - "Driven Wild: The Automobile and the
Making of Modern Wilderness" by Paul Sutter, U.Va. postdoctoral
fellow in the School of Engineering and Applied Science's Division
of Technology, Culture, and Communication. Sutter argues in a forthcoming
book that wilderness advocacy during the mid-20th century
was in large part a reaction to the ways in which the automobile,
road-building and the growing popularity of motorized outdoor recreation
were transforming the American landscape and culture.
April 26 at 4 p.m. - "Worlds Apart: Risk, Regulation and
Political Culture" by Sheila Jasanoff, professor of science
and public policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School
of Government. Jasanoff, whose books include "Science at the Bar:
Law, Science and Technology in America" and "Learning from Disaster:
Risk Management after Bhopal," will talk about recent controversies
involving genetically modified foods, the causes and impacts of
climate change, and mad cow disease.
lecture series is presented by the University of Virginia Environmental
Literacy Program. The Department of Environmental Sciences sponsors
the Environmental Literacy Program, which promotes interdisciplinary
thought and discussion on the environment. Program support comes
from the Department of Environmental Sciences, the College and Graduate
School of Arts & Sciences, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
and an anonymous donor. The first two talks are co-sponsored with
the School of Engineering and Applied Science's Committee for the
History of Technology and the Environment. The third talk is co-sponsored
with the School of Law.
information, contact program co-directors Vivian Thomson at (804)
924-3964 or Tom Smith at (804) 924-3107.
Fariss Samarrai, (804) 924-3778