Political, military results of global warming topic of Lamb Peace Lecture
Much has been heard about the physical and social changes potentially caused by global warming. Another, equally serious, area of impact will be the focus of this year’s Edward Lamb Peace Lecture.
Geopolitical analyst Gwynne Dyer will explore the political and military implications of runaway global warming in "Climate Wars: The Geopolitics of Climate Change," at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 25) in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater. Dyer will give a disturbing glimpse into the future and suggest ways that we can survive. His talk is free and open to the public.
Dyer’s presentation is based on his latest book, Climate Wars (2008), for which he conducted exhaustive research and interviews of leading climate scientists and military strategists.
A leading geopolitical analyst, Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years. Trained as a historian, he holds degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, finishing with a Ph.D. in military and Middle Eastern history from the University of London.
He served in three navies and held an academic appointment at Oxford University before launching his twice-weekly column on international affairs, which is published by 175 papers around the world including The (Toledo) Blade.
During his broadcasting career, Dyer produced many series for TV and radio, beginning with the seven-part documentary “War,” which aired in 45 countries in the mid-1980s. He has returned to writing books, including a new edition of War (2004) and several books on the war in Iraq and the politics of the Middle East, including Future: Tense (2004) and The Mess They Made (2007).
Co-sponsors for his talk include BGSU’s Center for Environmental Programs, Department of the Environment and Sustainability, Department of Journalism, Pi Sigma Alpha, International Relations Organization and Peace and Conflict Studies program.
The Lamb Peace Lecture annually brings internationally recognized experts to BGSU to address major environmental issues and how they affect world security. The lecture series began in 1986 in honor of the late Edward Lamb, a prominent Toledo lawyer committed to social justice, civil rights and world peace. It is underwritten by the Lamb Foundation of Toledo.
For additional information, contact Dr. Gary Silverman, chair of the environment and sustainability department, at 2-7774.
February 23, 2009