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WCSU hosts 8th annual lecture series on ‘Climate and Human Civilization’

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Climate and Human Civilization lecture series posterDANBURY, Connecticut — To help the community understand the effects of climate change on humans, Western Connecticut State University invites the public to attend five free programs that are part of its 8th annual lecture series hosted by WCSU’s Jane Goodall Center for Excellence in Environmental Studies. The live lectures include faculty and student presenters, and will be held on five consecutive Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the university’s Science Building, Room 125, on the Midtown campus at 181 White St. in Danbury. Topics include:

  • March 22 – “Climate and Toxic Cyanobacteria” presented by Dr. Edwin Wong, associate professor of Molecular Biology, with student Keyner Rojas
  • March 29 – “Light, Heat & the Chemistry of Combustion Products” presented by Dr. Brian Stankus, assistant professor of Physical Chemistry, with student Emily Coelho
  • April 5 – “Fungal Diseases and Climate” presented Dr. Hannah Reynolds, associate professor of Microbiology, with student Ezaan Khan
  • April 12 – “Instances of Environmental Justice Struggles at Home and Abroad” presented by Dr. Manoj Misra, associate professor of Sociology
  • April 19 – “Hope” presented by Mitch Wagener, professor of Climate Ecology and Biology, with student Lindsay Kirkness

“Climate change is real, and it affects all of us. And while experts agree it is bad, there is hope, if we all act soon,” said Wagener, who is a leading speaker on global climate change.

For more information, contact Dr. Mitch Wagener at wagenerm@wcsu.edu or WCSU Public Relations at pr@wcsu.edu.


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