"Talking Trash: Waste, Sprawl, and the Future of the Seas." Spring 2014 LAS Dean's Lecture

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Music Center 1014 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL, 60605

What can we do about the growing and hugely consequential problem of environment waste? Join Dean Deborah H. Holdstein for the Spring 2014 LAS Dean’s Lecture as she welcomes Dr. Steven H. Corey, who will provide a lively overview of issues surrounding the urbanization of the shore and our use of oceans as dumping grounds, despite laws, treaties, and contemporary environmental ethics to the contrary.

Roughly half of all the people on Earth live and work within one-hundred miles of a shoreline. As a result, our oceans have become waste sinks. Trash and other forms of solid waste are disposed in—or allowed to flow unabated into—estuaries, bays, rivers, and other waterways that lead to the sea. Over time, islands of garbage form in our oceans. One is estimated to be larger than Texas.

Dr. Corey will also list several scenarios for the future ecological health and environmental value of the seas, while suggesting possible solutions about how to mitigate the urbanization and contamination of coastal zones. A Q&A will follow Dr. Corey’s lecture, followed by a reception with food and refreshments.

Steven H. Corey, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago. His areas of teaching and research include environmental and urban history and public policy. He coedited The American Urban Reader: History and Theory, and he is the coauthor of Garbage! The History of Politics and Trash in New York City. His forthcoming book is titled, America’s Urban History (Routledge).

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American Sign Language, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, First Semester Experience, Humanities, History and Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics, English and Creative Writing, Office of the Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Honors Program


This lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. RSVP to Rebecca Flores by Monday, February 17 at rflores@colum.edu or 312.369.8217.

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Rebecca Flores, rflores@colum.edu

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