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Teale Lecture: The Edge of the Petri Dish

Thursday, September 13, 2018
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
Konover Auditorium

Journalist and Author Charles Mann will give a talk entitled “The Edge of the Petri Dish” for the University of Connecticut’s Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series on Nature and the Environment. The talk will take place on Thursday, September 13, 4 pm at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Konover Auditorium, at UConn. The lecture is free and open to the public.

By the year 2050 Earth’s population will reach ten billion or just a bit less. Can our world support all those people? Can we provide enough food, water, and energy? What kind of world will it be? For decades the intellectual blueprints for answering these urgent questions have been provided by two deeply divided groups, “Wizards” and “Prophets," each inspired by a little-known twentieth-century scientist. Wizards follow Norman Borlaug (1914-2009), the Nobel-winning plant breeder who was the main figure in the Green Revolution, which doubled or even tripled global grain yields in the 1970s and 1980s, preventing millions of deaths from hunger. Borlaug has become the emblem of the belief that science and technology, properly applied, can help us produce our way out of our most pressing problems. Ornithologist William Vogt (1902-68) was the principle founder of the environmental movement, the 20th century's only enduring ideology. In best-selling books and powerful species, he laid down the Prophet's fundamental argument: that the world is governed by fundamental ecological processes with limits that humankind transgresses at its peril. Conserve! Conserve! was his mantra. The two proposed solutions oppose each other, and provide radically different visions of the world to come. Charles Mann’s most recent book, 1491, won the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Keck award for the best book of the year. A Correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, Science, and Wired, he has covered the intersection of science, technology, and commerce for many newspapers and magazines here and abroad, including BioScience, The Boston Globe, Fortune, Geo (Germany), The New York Times (magazine, op-ed, book review), Panorama (Italy), Paris-Match (France), Quark (Japan), Smithsonian, Der Stern (Germany), Technology Review, Vanity Fair and The Washington Post (magazine, op-ed, book review).

The Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series brings leading scholars and scientists to the University of Connecticut to present public lectures on nature and the environment. The lectures are open to the public and do not require registration. For additional information please call 860.486.4460 or visit –


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