Days of sprawl, car culture numbered, author says - 2009-04-20
CONTACT: Kenneth Aaron, director of communications, (518) 327-6297
PAUL SMITHS - A Saratoga Springs author who has written on urban sprawl and
the nation's dependence on oil – and, as he argues, the unsustainability of
both - will speak at Paul Smith's College on Monday, May 4.
James Howard Kunstler's talk, "The Long Emergency: Where Do We Go From
Here?", will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Freer Hall. The event
is free and open to the public.
The talk takes its title from Kunstler's 2005 book "The Long Emergency,"
which is about climate change, problems posed by accelerating demand for oil
and other "converging catastrophes of the 21st century," as Kunstler puts
it. His latest book, "World Made by Hand," is a novel describing what life
would be like in an Upstate New York community after oil runs out.
His first book, "The Geography of Nowhere," describes an American landscape
increasingly consumed by strip malls, parking lots, highways and faceless
He also writes a blog that can be found on his Web site, www.kunstler.com.
The event is being sponsored by the college's Division of Forestry, Natural
Resources and Recreation; Division of Hospitality, Resort and Culinary
Management; the Office of Student Activities; TRIO-Student Support Services;
and the First Year Seminar program.
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