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The Future of Life

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, April 13, 2006

Edward O. Wilson

  • Research Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University

Named by Time as "one of the 25 most influential people in America" (1995), Harvard University Research Professor, Emeritus, E.O. Wilson is considered one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century and the "father" of sociobiology and biodivesity. Two of his books have received Pulitzer Prizes, On Human...

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Urban Sustainability and the Limits of Classical Environmentalism

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, March 20, 2006

Kai Lee

  • Rosenburg Professor of Environmental Studies, Williams College, Massachusetts

Over the past generation, translating environmental concern into social debate and public policy has become one of the notable achievements of industrial societies. Yet the process that has emerged in rich countries does not seem to be simply transferable or even tenable over time. The search for sustainable development may...

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COLLAPSE: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, February 2, 2006

Jared Diamond

  • Professor of Geography, College of Letters and Science, Social Sciences Division, University of California-Los Angeles

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond investigated how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that have allowed them to dominate much of the world. In his latest book, COLLAPSE: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Diamond now focuses on the other...

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Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, November 17, 2005

Timothy Beatley

  • Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, University of Virginia

Meaningful places offer a vital counterbalance to the forces of globalization and sameness overtaking our world and are essential in the search for sustainable solutions. Tim Beatley draws upon extensive research and travel communities across North America and Europe to examine the concepts of place and place-building in contemporary life. He...

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The Greening of Traditional Markets

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, October 31, 2005

Christine Ervin

  • President and CEO of the US Green Building Council

The green-building market is the most potent trend affecting the industry today. Bypassing hurdles traditionally faced in the energy sector, the voluntary collaborations driving high performance buildings also reflect trends sweeping through environmental policy in the US and Europe. Christine Ervin draws upon her experience leading sustainable-market initiatives in national,...

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What Do We Owe the Future?

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, September 30, 2005

Bryan Norton

  • Professor of Philosophy, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech

With so much poverty and so many social problems in the present, why worry about the future until we can care for present needs? Economist Robert Solow, defines this challenge as the "paradox of sustainability": "Today's poor want consumption and not investment. So the conflict is pretty deep and...

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Sustainability: The Global Perspective

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Sir Crispin Tickell

  • Chancellor, University of Kent, Canterbury
  • Director, Green College Centre for Environmental Policy and Understanding, University of Oxford
  • Chairman, International Council of Scientific Unions' Advisory Committee on the Environment
  • Chairman,

The idea that human society might not last—in short, not be sustainable—is relatively new. Of course, individual societies have collapsed in the past, but that society itself could be in danger is something different. The sooner we can begin the necessary shift towards sustainability in thinking, policy, and behavior, the...

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Lessons from the Cycles of Metals

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Thomas E Graedel

  • Professor of Industrial Ecology
  • Director, Center for Industrial Ecology, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

Dr. Graedel will speak about metal cycles, including the opportunities for recycling, levels of emissions of metals to the environment, and the potential availability of materials over the next several decades.

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The Social Amplification of Risk: Two Decades of Social Science Research

Wrigley Lecture Series
February 14, 2005

Roger E. Kasperson

  • Director, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Member, George Perkins Marsh Institute

Review of the motivations that led to the formulation of this framework of societal response to risk nearly two decades ago. Also, summarize the essentials of the framework, and proceed to review some of the significant conceptual debates, along with the body of empirical work that has occurred over...

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Food Webs: A New Look

Wrigley Lecture Series
February 11, 2005

Joel E. Cohen

  • Professor of Populations, School of International and Public Affairs Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation
  • Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of Populations, Rockefeller University,

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