CSIS STS co-sponsored talk (Tues, Feb 26, 4:10-6pm): John Muir: the Writer, Scientist and Public Figure

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Hi folks,

The program in STS is co-sponsoring a talk by Kim Stanley Robinson on the life and work of John Muir, with faculty responses from our very own Mario Biagioli, Joe Dumit and Roberta Millstein, along with Mike Ziser (English). Please see attached flyer for details about the talk and the speaker.

Title: John Muir: the Writer, Scientist and Public Figure
When: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 4:10-6pm
Where: Buehler Alumni & Visiters Center, Alpha Gamma Rho Hall (Room 138), UC Davis (see map)

Event Description:

In this talk, the noted local science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson will discuss John Muir as a writer and public figure, while sharing John Muir’s personal story. Robinson will analyze Muir’s work as a writer and how he managed to translate that career into such astonishing feats of public policy. Following the talk, several campus faculty will respond offering their perspectives on John Muir’s writing and aspects of his career. Audience participation will be invited in the concluding discussion on how we might learn from John Muir’s example to take effective environmental action in the present. The talk is co-sponsored by: the John Muir Institute of the Environment; Science & Technology Studies; and the "Environments & Societies: History, Literature, and Justice" Mellon Research Initiative. Refreshments will be served.

Speaker bio:

Californian science fiction writer and long-time Davis resident, Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy is translated into 23 languages. He is a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards and was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine in 2008. He is associated with the Sequoia Parks Foundation’s Artists in the Back Country program, the Sierra Nevada Research Institute (UC Merced), and the Sierra Press.

Kim Stanley Robinson on John Muir Feb26.pdf

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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