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February 18, 2014

Ecologist to speak about conservation of nature in Anthropocene

NORMAN — Ecologist Michelle Marvier will present a public lecture about the conservation of nature in Anthropocene, a proposed new geological epoch defined by the impacts of human activity, as part of a series on ethics in the Anthropocene.

Marvier will speak 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Auditorium in Gaylord Hall, 395 W. Lindsey St.

Marvier’s talk, “Protecting Nature in the Anthropocene: The Battle Between Pragmatism and Ideals Within the Conservation Movement,” will explain the challenges facing conservation in a time when so many natural areas have been affected by human activities. She will discuss the tension some see between protecting nature for its own sake and safeguarding human well-being.

Marvier is chair of the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University. Marvier is the second speaker of an OU Presidential Dream Course public lecture series connected with “Environmental Ethics in the Anthropocene,” taught by Zev Trachtenberg, associate professor of philosophy in the OU College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information regarding the course or a complete listing of events, call Trachtenberg at 325-6324 or by email at For accommodations on the basis of disability, call 325-0918.

— Transcript Staff

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