Environmental experts to lecture at Misericordia University

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DALLAS TWP. — The College of Arts and Sciences at Misericordia University is inviting a variety of environmental experts, including a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, a climate scientist, and a representative of Greenpeace U.S.A. to explore the science of climate change in a series of lectures entitled, “The Impact of Climate Change on Society.” The events are open free to the public.

The series will launch with the presentation, “Rachel Carson’s Environmental Legacy for Today,” by Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Robert K. Musil, Ph.D., M.P.H., president and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall. The former head of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility will discuss how Rachel Carson developed her love of nature, writing, and social responsibility.

A Woodrow Wilson Foundation Visiting Fellow since 2006, Dr. Musil also will discuss how the Rachel Carson Council carries on her legacy with work on climate and environmental justice, including efforts to end the use of fossil fuels and transition to an economy based on renewable energy.

Richard Alley, Ph.D., the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Penn State University, will present “Finding the Good News on Energy, Environment, and the Economy” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library. He will discuss the efficient use of energy and the impact it has on the climate, environment and future generations.

Dr. Alley holds a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Wisconsin. His career focus is on the study of the great ice sheets and how they can help predict future changes in climate and sea level. He has conducted field seasons in Antarctica, Greenland and Alaska. Dr. Alley has been honored for teaching, service and research, including election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Membership in the Royal Society. He participated in the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

The third lecture in the series will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14 with Charlie Cray, political and business strategist for the U.S. office of the global environmental organization Greenpeace U.S.A., based in Washington, D.C. In his talk, “As a Society, What Can We Do about Climate Change?,” Cray will discuss the solutions for addressing climate change and how to achieve them at the corporate, university, and social level. The program begins at 7 p.m. in the Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 218-219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall.

Cray is an activist, policy analyst and campaign strategist with more than 25 years of experience and commitment to environmental justice and corporate accountability. His previous experiences include serving as associate editor of Multinational Monitor magazine and director of the Center for Corporate Policy. He launched HalliburtonWatch.org during the Iraq war and co-authored, “The People’s Business: Controlling Corporations and Restoring Democracy,” in 2004. He also authored, “The Kingpins of Carbon and their War on Democracy,” in 2014.

The Alley and Cray lectures are sponsored by Misericordia University and the Soyka Fund for the Humanities at Misericordia University. Dr. Musil’s presentation is sponsored by the university.

For additional information about the lecture series, contact Rita Molino at rmolino@misericordia.edu or 570-674-8184.