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April 11, 2014

Development scholar to speak

NORMAN — Geographer Diana Liverman will present a public lecture about global poverty in the Anthropocene, the proposed new geological epoch defined by the impacts of human activity.

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

In her talk, “The Geographies of Climate and Poverty in the Anthropocene,” Liverman will discuss the way environmental changes associated with the Anthropocene, especially climate changes, are likely to effect the world’s most impoverished regions.

She will explain how poverty makes people more vulnerable to disruptions caused by climate change and will discuss how development and climate policies can help poorer nations adapt to environmental challenges and reduce risks of climate change.

Liverman will be the final speaker of an OU Presidential Dream Course public lecture series connected with the course “Environmental Ethics in the Anthropocene,” taught by Zev Trachtenberg, associate professor of philosophy in the OU College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, call Trachtenberg at 325-6324 or email ztrachtenberg@ou.edu. For accommodations on the basis of disability, call 325-0918.

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