Spring 2010 Visiting Scholar
The Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies Visiting Scholar for the spring 2010 semester is environmental journalist Andrew Revkin, who was recently named Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University’s Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. Prof. Revkin, just back from the climate change summit, will discuss “After Copenhagen: Progress or Regress.”
About Andrew Revkin
Andrew Revkin published one of the first journalistic reports on global warming 21 years ago. When Revkin earned his honorary degree in Doctor of Humane Letters from Pace University in 2007 the citation stated, “One of his specialties is revealing how slowly-building risks such as global warming and the loss of species could transform the planet, but in ways hard to perceive in the rush of daily experience.”
The citation added: “He has melded scientific information with coverage of the politics that influence both damage and prevention.” His first book, on the slain leader of a movement to protect the Amazon basin, was the basis of an HBO film, which won three Golden Globes and two Emmy awards. An amateur musician who performs on fiddle, guitar, mandolin and vocals in a country folk-blues band, his New York Times profile of a heavy-metal singer was the basis for the 2001 movie “Rock Star.”
Now, Prof. Revkin has said, he wants to think and write about “the role of journalism in the larger world of environmental communication – how information matters in terms of policy and behavior.” He is starting what will be his third book for adults, about the interlinked issues of sustainability and population, and finishing the second of two books for children on environmental issues. The first has the ironic title “The North Pole Was Here.”
The seminar series will be presented on 2/2, 2/23, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, and 4/6. All lectures will from 3:00-4:15 p.m. and are available by video conference on both campuses: NYC Room E319 and PLV Miller 16.
Pace students and faculty are welcome to attend.
All others please contact PIERS and RSVP.