Influential Authors to Speak on Campus

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 13:54

The Miller Worley Center for the Environment, in collaboration with the Odyssey Bookshop, is bringing two influential authors and leading activists, Frances Moore Lappé (top right) and Captain Charles Moore, to campus as part of the new Environmental Writers series.

Environmental food activist Frances Moore Lappé will discuss her most recent book, EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want, on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 pm in Gamble Auditorium.

Captain Charles Moore, founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, will speak about his book, Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans, Monday, November 7 at 7:30 pm in Gamble Auditorium.

In EcoMind, Lappé examines why many environmental challenges are difficult to solve. She argues that negative outlooks and misperceptions—more than physical problems—are what stand in the way of saving the planet, and she proposes new ideas for tackling environmental issues.

Lappé has written 18 books, including the best seller Diet for a Small Planet, which offers guidelines for healthy and environmentally friendly eating habits. She has cofounded three organizations, most recently the Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education that she leads with her daughter, Anna Lappé.

Moore is a seafaring environmental researcher and an internationally recognized pollution expert and activist. In 1997, while he was skipper of the Oceanographic Research Vessel Alguita, Moore discovered two million square miles of plastic in the North Pacific Ocean. In his book, he recounts returning to the site multiple times in the following years, collecting samples and exploring the area.

Moore has appeared on Nightline, the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Good Morning America, the Today Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and the Colbert Report. The Los Angeles Times multipart article, “Altered Oceans,” instigated by and featuring Moore, won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007.

The Miller Worley Center and the Odyssey Bookshop created the Environmental Writers series to ignite conversation on campus about the scientific, social, and global importance of environmental studies. All events are free and open to the public.