Get Ready for the Anthropocene

photo courtsey of The New York Times
photo courtesy of The New York Times

The John W. Altman program under the Humanities Center will present a lecture series that includes 12 speakers over this academic year. The program is titled, “The Anthropocene: A new era in human-environment relations”. The whole series will be kicked off by the one and only Andrew Revkin.

Mr. Revkin did his undergraduate studies in biology at Brown University, and studied journalism at Columbia. Afterwards he started to work on his career and was Senior Editor and Writer for Discover Magazine and Science Digest before he covered the environment for The New York Times. He was the first Times reporter to write from the north pole and he even published books and inspired movies like “The Burning Season” (1994) with his Times articles.

Now Revkin is the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University, writes the Dot Earth Blog for the Times and, thanks to the Center of Humanities, takes time to visit our beautiful campus.

“He was chosen for the starter position because of his outstanding work for making environmental issues public, so we believe that he will make his lecture one of the most fun and interesting ones you will hear,” Tim Melley, director of the Humanities Center, said.

People like Revkin call the current epoch the Anthropocene, a term coined by Paul Crutzen. An era in which the earth left the natural flow of things and entered an epoch in which humans are the greatest power and decide what the next step for the planet will be – if things get even worse or if mankind makes a move in the right direction.

The coming lecture series will give everyone that listens different perspectives on the pertinent environmental issues affecting the world, the how far society has come and how far is still left to be traveled.


Written by: Eileen Rintsch


GreenHawks Media

GreenHawks Media is Miami University’s first environmental publication. Our goal is to unite green initiatives on campus and in the community. We hope to make a difference in a journalistic fashion by spreading news and information as well as educating our readers. We would like to present GreenHawks Media as a central place for groups and individuals to share their ideas, concerns, and initiatives. Individually and in small groups, efforts are made to make a difference and promote change. While one person may have a concern, another is researching it and needs assistance. While one initiative is being made in a science department, a similar idea is being discussed in a local business. GreenHawks Media provides the opportunity for shared visions to come together. We are journalists, writers, photographers, and scientists. We are students. We are motivated to use media to contribute to the change that our generation needs to make in order to protect and understand the planet we call home.

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