Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning science fiction author, will speak on “Climate Change and the Pursuit of Happiness.” The lecture will focus on the benefits of shifting away from a “high carbon-burn lifestyle” to a permaculture model. Robinson will also discuss some of the ideologies expressed in various forms of environmentalism, capitalism and science.
Robinson, best known for his Mars trilogy—Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars—regularly incorporates themes of sustainability and environmental degradation into his work.
The talk is sponsored by the Humanities Sustainability Research Project, an initiative of the Portland Center for Public Humanities at Portland State University.
WHEN: Thursday, April 16, 2009, 7 p.m.
WHERE: PSU’s Smith Memorial Student Union Multicultural Center, Room 228 (1825 S.W. Broadway, Portland)
COST: The lecture is free and open to the public.
ABOUT KIM STANLEY ROBINSON: Kim Stanley Robinson is a Californian science fiction writer. His Mars trilogy was an international best seller and won awards in four countries, including the Nebula, Hugo and Locus Awards. His "Science In the Capital" trilogy (Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below, and Sixty Days and Counting) describes an abrupt climate change and a successful response to it. His work has been translated into 23 languages. He was selection by the U.S. National Science Foundation for its Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, resulting in his novel Antarctica.
Time magazine named Robinson to its “Heroes of the Environment 2008.” http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1841778_18417...
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: The Humanities Sustainability Research Project, an initiative of PSU’s Portland Center for Public Humanities, explores concepts of sustainability through panels, lectures and events by activists, artists and scholars in fields such as history, philosophy, literature, critical theory and anthropology. The project is sponsored by a grant through PSU’s Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices, with support from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.