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Humans' effect on the environment the topic of upcoming President's Forum - cancelled

Loyola press release - February 1, 2010

The following event has been cancelled due to the snow storm along the East Coast and in Washington, D.C., where Dr. McNeill resides. The event will be rescheduled at a later date.

Loyola University New Orleans presents “Turbulent Times: 100 Years of Environmental Change” on Monday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m., featuring environmental historian John R. McNeill, Ph.D. The lecture takes place in Nunemaker Auditorium on Loyola’s main campus and is free and open to the public.

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 the president-elect of the American Society for Environmental History.

In his 2000 book “Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the 20th-Century World,” McNeill describes environmental change around the world over the past century, with an effort to explain why the modern era has been so environmentally turbulent. McNeill’s lecture at Loyola will be based primarily on research conducted for this book.

He is the author of several other books, including his most recent tome, “Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1640-1914,” and is the co-editor of “Rethinking Environmental History: World System History and Global Environmental Change,” a 2007 book featuring the work of 22 scholars in history, geography, anthropology, sociology and economics that explores the relations between ecosystems and civilizations over time.

“McNeill is part of an elite group of American academics who specialize in environmental history,” said the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., president of Loyola University. “His insights and research can teach us so much about the repercussions of our actions and hopefully prompt us to be better stewards of the environment.”

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 Catherine Koppel in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448 or at ckoppel@loyno.edu.