Library Conversation Explores Unheeded Warnings

Cogent, compelling warnings about exponential population growth, misplaced faith in technology to solve our problems, that greed and envy are treacherous underpinnings for an economic system – have been ignored for more than two centuries.  These warnings have come from some of the best minds of their times and have often been endorsed by other respected scientists and thinkers, yet their influence on public policy and individual behavior has been negligible.

This is the focus of “Slow Learners:  Two Hundred Years of Unheeded Warnings,” a free conversation with Oregon State University professor emeritus Richard Clinton on April 20, 2013, at 4:00 PM at the Vernonia Public Library.  This program is hosted by Friends of the Vernonia Public Library and Vernonia Library Board and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Clinton is professor emeritus of political science at Oregon State University, where he currently teaches in the Honors College.  Clinton was twice a Senior Fulbright Scholar-facilitator in Peru and has been the Hanna Distinguished Chair in Latin American Politics at Rollins College in Florida.  He is the author of three books and dozens of journal articles, book chapters, and essays; the editor or co-editor of three volumes; and, most recently, the co-author of Environmental Politics and Policy:  A Comparative Approach (McGraw Hill, 2002).

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