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U.Va. To Host Free Public Lecture Series On Environmental Issues

March 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 today’s consumer culture. Strasser is the author of "Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash."

• 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.

The 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.

For information, contact program co-directors Vivian Thomson at (804) 924-3964 or Tom Smith at (804) 924-3107.

Contact: Fariss Samarrai, (804) 924-3778

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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