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Author Bill McKibben to Speak April 5

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben will be the second guest speaker this semester in the "Profiles in Commitment Lecture Series" at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. McKibben will speak on Wednesday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m. in Yokum Hall, Room 202.

McKibben was one of the first environmentalists to sound the alarm about global warming in his 1989 book, The End of Nature , and about overpopulation in Maybe One . The author will discuss his career of civic engagement and the movement to combat global warming.

As part of the American Democracy Project, the "Profiles in Commitment Lecture Series," features local, regional, and national speakers discussing how they became engaged in local, statewide, or national political or social issues. In addition to speaking about their involvement in public life, the guests offer suggestions to students and members of the broader community about avenues for such engagement.

The American Democracy Project was established at SUNY Plattsburgh in spring 2003 to encourage students to engage in civic mindedness through experience, and to focus attention on the civic value of the college experience. It is part of a larger nationwide effort by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in conjunction with The New York Times .

The lecture, funded by the President's Speaker Series, is free and open to the public.

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