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Noted Environmental Reporter Andrew Revkin to Present ‘The Energy Quest’ at Ohio Wesleyan University Oct. 22

October 6, 2009

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DELAWARE, OH – An aggressive quest for abundant, non-polluting energy sources may be needed to avoid global warming and international strife over the world’s increasingly inadequate resources, says award-winning New York Times reporter Andrew C. Revkin.

Revkin will present “The Energy Quest” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 as part of Ohio Wesleyan’s Sagan National Colloquium series. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

Since 1995, Revkin has been covering environmental issues in their social and political context for The New York Times. He was part of the Times’ Pulitzer-winning “Nation Challenged” team and a contributor to the best-selling book drawn from that coverage. His other books include “The Burning Season,” which chronicles the life of Chico Mendes, slain Amazon rainforest activist. “The Burning Season” won the Sidney Hillman Foundation Book Prize, a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year designation. Published in nine languages, the book also was the basis for an HBO film of the same name, which won two Golden Globe and two Emmy awards.

Revkin’s articles have won many journalism awards, and he has been interviewed frequently on national broadcast programs. He has a biology degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Revkin is also a songwriter and guitarist, and has performed at regional festivals with acclaimed folk singer Pete Seeger.

This lecture is co-sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Journalism and the university’s Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs.

Each year, Ohio Wesleyan’s Sagan National Colloquium spotlights an issue of global significance. This year’s theme is “Renewing America for a Global Century: From Theory to Practice at Ohio Wesleyan University. Additional 2009-2010 speakers include:

  • 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 – Joshua Spero, associate professor of political science at Fitchburg State College, discussing “National and International Leadership through Service.” His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Ohio Wesleyan graduates Marija Ignjatovic, 2003; Dan Sharpe, 2006; and Lydia Spitalny, 2008, in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. This lecture will be viewable live on the Internet, and archived afterward, at StreamOWU.
  • 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 – Andrei Codrescu, the MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University, discussing “What is an Immigrant, What Makes an American?” in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. This lecture will be viewable live on the Internet, and archived afterward, at StreamOWU.
  • 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 – Bonnie Honig, the Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University and research professor at the American Bar Foundation, discussing “Walt Whitman and the (Im)possibility of Renewal” in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

For more information about Ohio Wesleyan’s 2009-2010 Sagan National Colloquium, visit snc.owu.edu.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 45 states and 39 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.