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Feb. 5, 2008
Contact: Laura Watkins, University Honors Program, (785) 864-4225.

University Lecture Series to focus on global climate change

LAWRENCE — The University Honors Program at the University of Kansas, in partnership with the Commons, has announced the spring 2008 University Lecture Series.

The University Lecture Series at the Commons, in its first year, is designed to explore a topic with particular relevance to today’s society in a cross-disciplinary academic environment. Speakers this semester will address global climate change. All talks are free and open to the public.

“Global climate change is an ideal topic for our inaugural University Lecture Series at the Commons,” said Sarah Crawford-Parker, assistant director of the University Honors Program. “The issues surrounding climate change are complex, and we look forward to fostering a dialogue that will engage a diverse audience by encompassing multiple disciplines and approaches, including the creative arts.”

The University Lecture Series augments a two-credit-hour honors course for freshmen and sophomores, “Understanding Global Climate Change,” taught by Bryan Young, associate professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering. The goal of the lecture series is to encourage members of the KU and Lawrence communities to consider from various perspectives the challenges posed by global climate change.

The Commons is a partnership between KU’s Biodiversity Institute, Spencer Museum of Art and Hall Center for the Humanities.

The spring 2008 University Lecture Series:

— “Trading Water for Carbon: Climate Change in Kansas,” Nate Brunsell, assistant professor of geography at KU; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, Spooner Hall

— “An Evening with Roderick Bremby,” Roderick Bremby, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment; 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, Dole Institute of Politics

— “Global Climate Change Policy: What is Achievable and What are the Options?” William Pizer, senior fellow for Resources for the Future and senior economist at the National Commission on Energy Policy; 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, Spooner Hall

— “Climate Change and the Changing Legal Climate,” Andrew Torrance, associate professor of law at KU; 7 p.m. Wednesday April 9, Spooner Hall

— “From Prairie to Ice Sheet,” Terry Evans, photographer; 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, Spooner Hall

For more information, visit the University Honors Program Web site or call (785) 864-4225.

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