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Prize Winning NY Times Writer Andrew Revkin To Speak At SMC On Oct. 27:

Santa Monica College today announced that prize-winning New York Times writer Andrew Revkin will give an illustrated talk with the intriguing title, “9 Billion People + 1 Planet = ?”

The free lecture – presented in conjunction with SMC’s Campus Sustainability Week – will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 in the SMC Theatre Arts Main Stage on the main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd.

Revkin will address the issue of how the cresting of the centuries-long wave of growth in human numbers and appetites will play out: Will we overheat or innovate, conserve or despoil, crash or round the curve with a few scrapes?

Revkin, after nearly 15 years reporting for The New York Times, left the staff at the end of 2009 to become a senior fellow at Pace University’s Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies in New York. He continues to write the Dot Earth blog, which has moved from the news side of The Times to the Opinion section. He has spent a quarter century covering subjects ranging from Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami to the assault on the Amazon and the troubled relationship of climate science and politics.

He has written books on the Amazon rain forest, global warming and the Arctic. Before joining The New York Times, he held writing and editing positions at Discover, Los Angeles Times and Science Digest. He has a biology degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He has taught at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Bard College Center for Environmental Policy.

(Revkin will also lead a roundtable discussion of SMC’s Climate Action Plan at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 in Business Building Room 111, 1900 Pico Blvd.)

The talk is sponsored by the SMC Political Science Association and the SMC Associates, a private organization that funds speakers and special programs on campus.

For information, call 310.434.3909.

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