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Environmentalist David Orr to Wrap Up
The Forum at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: April 5, 2007

David Orr
David Orr

EAU CLAIRE — Environmentalist David Orr will speak on "The Global Predicament" Thursday, April 19, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Concluding the 65th season of The Forum, his presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

The Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College, Orr chairs Oberlin's environmental studies program. He is best known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in higher education and his recent work in ecological design. He spearheaded the effort to design and build Oberlin's Environmental Studies Center, a building described by The New York Times as the most remarkable of a new generation of college buildings, and by the U.S. Department of Energy as one of 30 milestone buildings of the 20th century.

Reporters covering global warming flip through their rolodexes for the name David Orr. Several dozen journals have published his articles about biophilia, sustainability and environmentalism, which Orr described to Jay Parini in The New York Times as "a question of ethical design."

"We are changing the chemistry of the atmosphere at a rate that is awesomely fast," Orr says. "We simply don't know what we are doing."

Orr is the author of "Design on the Edge: The Making of a High Performance Building" (2006); "The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics and the Environment" (2004); "The Nature of Design" (2002); "Earth in Mind" (1994/2004); and "Ecological Literacy" (1992). Co-editor of "The Global Predicament" (1979); and "The Campus and Environmental Responsibility" (1992), he has published 150 articles in scientific journals, social science publications and popular magazines.

James Marsh Professor at Large at the University of Vermont, Orr holds a bachelor's degree from Westminster College, a master's degree from Michigan State University, and a doctorate in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He has received a Bioneers Award (2003), a National Conservation Achievement Award by the National Wildlife Federation, and a Lyndhurst Prize awarded by the Lyndhurst Foundation "to recognize the educational, cultural, and charitable activities of particular individuals of exceptional talent, character, and moral vision."

An hors d'oeuvres reception featuring a variety of snack foods and an opportunity to meet David Orr will be held in The Dulany in Davies Center from 6 to 7 p.m. preceding the evening's Forum. Tickets for the reception are $5 in advance at the Service Center or at the door.

The Forum will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing.

A reception in Zorn Arena will follow The Forum. Orr will be available to answer questions and sign copies of his books.

Tickets are $7 for the public, $5 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $3 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center and will also be sold at the door.

Patrons may charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for The Forum.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, The Forum is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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