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Friday, April 15, 2005

Environmental Author McKibben Speaks at SU April 27

SALISBURY, MD---“Nature, we believe, takes forever,” said Bill McKibben in The End of Nature, which was the first book for general audiences on global warming. In it, he showed how humanity can cause great and swift changes that leave a lasting impact upon nature. The man who illuminated for the public global warming’s effect on the Earth speaks at Salisbury University 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall. McKibben’s speech, “How Big Should Humans Be: Global Warming, Genetic Engineering, and Other Moral Thresholds,” explores the ethics behind such topics. This parallels his newest book, Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age. In addition, McKibben has written eight other books including The Age of Missing Information and Hope, Human and Wild. His work appears regularly in Harpers, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Outside and a variety of other national publications. A scholar in residence at Middlebury College, his articles and essays have been collected in annual volumes of America’s Best Nature Writing, Science Writing and Travel Writing and in the Oxford and Norton anthologies of nature writing. His 10th book, Wandering Home: a Long Walk across America’s Most Hopeful Region, Vermont’s Champlain Valley and New York’s Adirondacks was published this month. He is currently working on a book about economy of scale. Sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs, the Fulton School of Liberal Arts and the SU Student Philosophical Society, the presentation is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu.

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