Santa Monica Lookout
Santa Monica College Lecture Series Tackles Global Issues
By Lookout Staff
February 28, 2013 --What will living on planet earth be like four decades for now? “The World in 2050” is the first in a series of upcoming lectures at Santa Monica College that address key issues facing our planet.
The lecture, which will kick off SMC’s “Global Connections Lecture Series” on Tuesday, offers “a powerful look at the future, particularly the northern countries,” series sponsors said.
The lecture will be given by author and UCLA professor Laurence C. Smith, whose book “The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future” has been called “a compelling portrait of the future” by Jared Diamond.
Smith’s book “synthesizes cross-cutting themes of population demographics, economic globalization, natural resource demands, and climate change,” according the series sponsors.
A professor and vice-chair of geography and professor of earth and space sciences at UCLA, Smith currently serves on the steering committees for NASA, World Economic Forum and National Research Council.
The lecture will be held at 11:15 a.m. in the Humanities & Social Science Lecture Hall 165. A book signing will follow.
The other lectures in the series are free and also take place at 11:15 a.m. in the same lecture hall.
On April 4 Award-wining author Tom Plate will speak on the evolving role and importance of the United Nations in addressing the global agenda in his lecture “The Role and Realities of the U.N. Brokering Global Issues.”
An internationally syndicated columnist, Plate is a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg School and Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies at Loyola Marymount University.
And on May 30, Finn Reske-Nielsen, head of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste will give a lecture titled “How Countries Rise from the Ashes of Conflict: Lessons from the Life of a U.N. Diplomat.”
Finn Reske-Nielsen, who oversaw the withdrawal of the UN peacekeeping forces in that area in 2012, will talk about his 35 years of experience with the U.N.
The series is sponsored by the SMC Global Citizenship Council, SMC Office of Public Programs and the SMC Associates, a private organization that funds speakers and special programs on campus. For information, call 310.434.4303.
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