Environmental author Bill McKibben to speak at Iowa State Oct. 14

AMES, Iowa -- Bill McKibben, described as the "world's best green journalist" by Time Magazine, will lecture at Iowa State University as part of the Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture. He will speak on "Sustaining Life on a Tough New Planet," which parallels his most recent book, "Eaarth: Making Life on a Tough New Planet." His presentation will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and open to the public.

The annual Pesek Colloquium presents lectures on sustainable agriculture, and encourages discussion and community response. McKibben also will speak in Iowa City, Oct. 13, and in Des Moines on Oct. 15 at the Iowa Environmental Council's annual conference.

Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben writes about global warming, alternative energy and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. He has written several books, including "Hope, Human and Wild;" "The Comforting Whirlwind: God, Job, and the Scale of Creation;" "Maybe One;" and "Long Distance: A Year of Living Strenuously." His first book, "The End of Nature," published in 1989, is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change. It has been printed in more than 20 languages.

McKibben is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and various magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, Granta, Rolling Stone and Outside. He is a board member and contributor to Grist Magazine. He also is the founder of 350.org, an international climate campaign that has set Oct. 24, 2010, as the International Day of Climate Action.

McKibben has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships, and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College, Vermont.

The Pesek Colloquium began in 2001 and is named for ISU Emeritus Professor of Agronomy John Pesek. This year it also is part of the Live Green Sustainability Series at Iowa State. Other co-sponsors are the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture; Practical Farmers of Iowa; the colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Agriculture and Life Sciences; the Bioethics Program; Bioeconomy Institute; the departments of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, and Agronomy; and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by the Government of the Student Body.

More information on ISU lectures is available at http://www.lectures.iastate.edu, or by calling (515) 294-9935.