Acclaimed Environmental Historian John R. McNeill to deliver 2009 Friends of History's Endowed Lecture on Thursday, April 23 during EarthWeek at Portland State University.
The non-profit support group for the PSU History department is presenting historan and author John R. McNeill (Georgetown University) who will speak about "Environmental Change and the International System Since 1900" in the Vanport Room 338 of Smith Memorial Center starting at 7:30pm.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Just prior to the free lecture and booksigning, Dr. McNeill will give a small talk about "Yellow Fever in the Americas" at a catered dinner in SMC228 for which the tickets will start at $50 and all proceeds will go to keeping all future FOH Endowed Lectures free.
Dr. McNeill is professor of history at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and author of several books including "Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the 20th Century." The book showed how the use of natural resources at that time, togetherwith scientific and technological advances, hjad contributed to shaping the global, social and political life throughout the 20th Century.
McNeill himself has been quoted as saying that he is "one who tries to write history as if nature existed...environmental historians recognize that envoronments change with time and they affect human communities and in turn are affected by them in an endless co-evolution."
For more information or to RSVP for the dinner, please call Jeff Brown at the PSU History department at (503)725-3917.