Department of Political Science/MPA Program to host environmental policy lecture series

In his book, Environmental policy in the European Union, John McMormick, the Jean Monnet Chair of European Union Politics at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis defines environmental policy as any action deliberately taken to manage human activities with anew to prevent, reduce, or mitigate harmful effects on nature and natural resources, and ensuring that man-made changes do not have harmful effects on humans.

We have seen the human effect on the environment most recently oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Michigan.  Would different environmental policies have avoided these situations?  Would they have reduced the respective impacts?  Would they have helped mitigate the lasting effects?  What about environmental policies that affect our own region?

Join Columbus State University’s Department of Political Science this Fall for four environmental policy lectures presented by preeminent scholars and regional experts as they explore the issues that governments face daily.  This series highlights CSU’s commitment to behaviors that recognize and respect our environmental context, and is part of the new environmental policy track in the Master of Public Administration program.

The lectures will be held in the Studio Theatre in the Columbus State University Theatre on the Park on Columbus State University’s RiverPark Campus.  The events are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Thursday, September 16, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Fred Gordon, Assistant Professor of Political Science, on “Triumph Over Tragedy: How the Gulf Oil Spill Can Lead to Better Environmental Policymaking.”

Thursday, October 14, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
Mr. Darahyl Dennis, Environmental Affairs Manager, Georgia Power, on “Toxic Rock: What is it? Why it is important?”

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Dr. William Frazier, Director of Columbus State University’s Environmental Studies Program, on “A Sea of Troubles: Polluting the Global Ocean.”

Thursday, March 17, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Mr. John Brent, Chief, Environmental Management Division at Fort Benning, on “Encroachment and the Thin Green Line.”

For more information, please contact the Department of Political Science at 706-507-8700.