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UMM to Host Speaker on Environmentalism and Freedom Oct. 6

Added on: September 06, 2011

Speaker series funded by grant from Koch Foundation

Robert NelsonMACHIAS, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias will host Dr. Robert Nelson as its first Koch Speaker on Environmentalism and Freedom at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 6. The lecture will take place in the Portside room of Kimball Hall.

Nelson is a professor of environmental policy at the University of Maryland, senior scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and a senior fellow at the Independent Institute. He is also the author of eight books on environmental and economic policy issues, including last year’s The Holy Wars: Economic Religion Versus Environmental Religion in Contemporary America. The book received the 2010 Eric Hoffer Award for independent books.

A nationally recognized authority on land and natural resource management in the United States, Nelson has a particular interest in management of federally owned lands. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Financial Times, Washington Times, and other national newspapers and magazines.

From 1975 to 1993, Nelson worked in the Office of Policy Analysis of the U.S. Department of the Interior. He has served as the senior economist of the Commission on Fair Market Value Policy for Federal Coal Leasing, senior research manager of the President’s Commission on Privatization, and economist for the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs. He has also performed research and instruction as a visiting scholar at several prominent institutions around the globe.

Nelson holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

The lecture at UMM is made possible by a grant from the Charles G. Koch Foundation to address issues relating to environmentalism and freedom.

For more information about the event, contact Jon Reisman, associate professor of economics and public policy, at (207) 255-1242 or


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