"The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century" by James Howard Kunstler
Date: Tuesday, October 21
Location: University Chapel
Start Time: 04:00 PM
End Time: 05:00 PM
Price: Free and open to the public
Dorinda G. Dallmeyer
James Howard Kunstler will deliver the 2008 Odum Environmental Ethics Lecture, co-sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.
With his classics of social commentary "The Geography of Nowhere" and "Home from Nowhere", James Howard Kunstler has established himself as one of the great commentators on American space and place. Now, with his book "The Long Emergency", he offers a shocking vision of a post-oil future. As a result of artificially cheap fossil-fuel energy we have developed global models of industry, commerce, food production, and finance that will collapse. "The Long Emergency" tells us just what to expect after we pass the tipping point of global peak oil production and the honeymoon of affordable energy is over, preparing us for economic, political, and social changes of an unimaginable scale.
Mr. Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. He moved to the Long Island suburbs in 1954 and returned to the city in 1957 where he spent most of his childhood. He graduated from the State Univerity of New York, Brockport campus, worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, and finally as a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1975, he dropped out to write books on a full-time basis. He has no formal training in architecture or the related design fields. He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, MIT, RPI, the University of Virginia and many other colleges, and he has appeared before many professional organizations such as the AIA , the APA, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He lives in Saratoga Springs in upstate New York.
A DVD of the lecture is available on loan from the EECP Library.