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Historian John R. McNeill to deliver 2009 Friends of History's Endowed Lecture
Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 7:30pm

Acclaimed Environmental Historian John R. McNeill to deliver 2009 Friends of History's Endowed Lecture during EarthWeek at PortlandStateUniversity.

The non-profit support group for the PSU History department is presenting historan and author John R. McNeill (GeorgetownUniversity) who will speak about "Environmental Change and the International System Since 1900."

When: Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
Where: Smith Memorial Student Union Vanport Room 338
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: 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, together with scientific and technological advances, had 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 environments 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.