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Annual Political Science Lecture Series Focuses on Energy, Environment

September 11, 2007

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Mark Vanderhoek
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MACON, Ga. — Mercer University’s Department of Political Science begins its Ninth Annual College of Liberal Arts Lecture Series at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the Choir Rehearsal Room of the McCorkle Music Building on Mercer’s Macon campus. This year’s theme is “Caring for God’s “Green” Earth: the Politics of Energy (In)Dependence and Global Warming”  and will feature professors from across the University delivering timely lectures related to the theme. 

The first speaker in the series will be Dr. Kevin Spigel, assistant professor of environmental science. Spigel will speak on “Climate Change: It Happened Before and It Will Happen Again.”

            “This series is timely on a number of fronts, because we are wrestling with the issue of oil dependence through our foreign policy, simultaneously we are presented with what seems to be an overwhelming evidence there is global warming and that humans are likely the cause,” said Gregory Domin, associate professor of political science and event organizer. “So this series is meant to focus on awareness of those issues by presenting it across disciplines in the University, from science to politics to social policy to religion. From the breadth of topics we have slated, we hope this will be an exciting and timely series.”



Fall 2007

All events begin at 6 p.m. All lectures start at 6:00 p.m. and will be held in MUB 110 (Choir Rehearsal Room, McCorkle Music Building).



September 12

Kevin Spigel, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Science

“Climate Change: It Happened Before and It Will Happen Again”


October 17

Dan Fischer, Associate Vice President for Budget and Analysis

“Life After Oil: How Our Cities and Economy Must Change”


November 14

Heather Bowman Cutway, Assistant Professor of Biology

“Invasive Species and Global Climate Change: Unintended Consequences of Species on the Move”


Spring 2008


February 13

Fletcher Winston, Assistant Professor of Sociology

“Contentious Climate Politics: The Environmental Movement’s Battle to Cool a Warming World”


March 19

Laura Lackey, Associate Professor of Engineering,

“God’s Good Green Earth”


April 16

Richard Wilson, Professor and Chair of the Roberts Department of Christianity

“Imagining a Politics of Creation”


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