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Lecture set on consumption and human future, Oct. 11

A lecture titled "One With Nineveh: Politics, Consumption and the Human Future" is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Speaking will be Paul Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies and professor of biological sciences at Stanford University. He is the author with his wife, Anne Ehrlich, of a 2004 book by the same title, which comes from Rudyard Kipling's poem "Recessional." The poem compares the greatness of the 19th-century British empire to the faded glory of Nineveh, the ancient capital of the Assyrian empire, and warns the imperialists of their precarious position. In their book, the Ehrlichs look at the global problems of overpopulation, overconsumption and political and economic inequity that they say threaten to make the world into a new Nineveh.

Paul Ehrlich has been a pioneer in alerting the public to the problems of overpopulation, raising issues of population, resources and the environment as matters of public policy. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (given in lieu of a Nobel Prize in areas where the Nobel is not given).

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy .

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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