The library is honored to have nationally and internationally renowned Environmental Historian Dr. Donald Worster discussing our earth's resource and ecological limits. A reception for Dr. Worster will be held from 6-7pm, with program from 7-8:30pm.
Through maps and photographs, Worster demonstrates how our perspectives on the earth and our understanding of human beings have changed dramatically over the past 500 years. For centuries, sweeping from the West throughout the world was a common view that we live in a world of abundance which must be conquered and used. Now with nations facing limits to the resources and ecology we are forced to question, revisit, and ultimately revise the old paradigm.
Dr. Worster has taught world history, the history of ecology and evolution, ideas of nature, the history of conservation and environmentalism at many universities in the U.S., Asia and Europe, and served as a consultant for Ken Burns' Dust Bowl PBS documentary.