Loyola at a Glance
President's forum examines humans' effect on the environment
November 5, 2010
What have we done to provoke events in the most environmentally turbulent century in human history? Environmental historian John R. McNeill, Ph.D., will investigate this question during a free lecture at Loyola University New Orleans on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium. The lecture, “Turbulent Times: 100 Years of Environmental Change,” is free and open to the public.
Global warming is a much-contested theory among scientists today. McNeill will explore environmental history in the last century with an effort to explain why our global climate has been in such turmoil. He will address the scale and scope of environmental changes and the social, economic and political forces behind them. McNeill argues that the energy system is the single most important variable in modern environmental history, but also considers population growth and urbanization, technology, politics, and the international system.
McNeill is a professor in the history department and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he teaches world, environmental and international history, and studies and writes about how ecological change affects historical events. He is president-elect of the American Society for Environmental History and has authored several other books, including “Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the 20th-Century World.” His lecture at Loyola will be based primarily on research conducted for this book.
Loyola University’s President’s Forums on Current Issues and Controversies seek to explore and discuss some of the most compelling contemporary issues facing us today. Featuring internationally recognized scholars, the forum’s goal is to develop a dialogue with the larger community that helps us deepen our understanding and challenges us to move toward a more just and enlightened society.
For more information on the President’s Forum or to schedule an interview, contact Matt Lambert in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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