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UMM to Host Libra Speaker Alston Chase on Sept. 9

Added on: August 19, 2010

Author to give talk on the philosophy of environmentalism

Alston ChaseMACHIAS, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias will host guest speaker Alston Chase on Thursday, September 9 as part of its Libra Distinguished Lecture Series. Chase will give a talk titled “The Philosophy of Environmentalism” at 6:30 p.m. in the Portside room of Kimball Hall.

Chase is one of America’s foremost non-fiction writers and a leading scholar specializing in the history of ideas and the environment. He is former chair of the Department of Philosophy at Macalester College and a former chair of the History and Philosophy of Science Section of the Minnesota Academy of Sciences. Chase has served as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and many private philanthropies.

From 1988 through 1998 Chase wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column on environmental issues and for several years served as a contributor to National Public Radio's “Living on Earth” program.

In 1972, he and his wife Diana established a summer environmental educational program for teenagers in Montana, and in 1975, he founded the Northern Rockies Foundation, a public philanthropy dedicated to supporting environmental initiatives in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. As former president of the Yellowstone Association, dedicated to promoting research and education in Yellowstone, he was instrumental in creating the Yellowstone Institute, a Yellowstone Park summer environmental educational program.

Chase’s work has been widely praised by both environmentalist media and by national publications that include the New York Times, The New Yorker, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal. His published books include We Give our Hearts to Dogs to Tear: Intimations of their Immortality, Playing God in Yellowstone: The Destruction of America's First National Park, In a Dark Wood: The Fight over Forests and the Myths of Nature, and Harvard and the Unabomber: The Education of an American Terrorist.

Chase holds degrees from Harvard and Oxford and a Ph.D. from Princeton. He lives with his wife, Diana, in Paradise Valley, Montana.

The Libra Distinguished Lecture Series at UMM was designed to offer a unique opportunity for the community to hear outside experts and engage in structured philosophical discussions with important repercussions for society. Each lecture is followed by a question and answer session that encourages audience participation. The acclaimed series is funded by the Libra Foundation, a Portland-based philanthropic organization founded in 1989 by the late Elizabeth P. Noyce.

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