Georgia Southern University

Noted author will discuss end of the “oil age” in Feb. 21 lecture

A renowned urban planning advocate and journalist who has written several books on the built urban environment will lecture at Georgia Southern University

James Howard Kunstler will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Nessmith-Lane Continuing Education Building.

Free and open to the public, Kunstler’s lecture is titled ‘The Long Emergency: The End of the Oil Age, Climate Change and Other Converging Catastrophes.”

‘Mr. Kunstler will discuss the intersection of the built urban environment and our usage of fossil fuels, culminating in the social and environmental impacts of our societal decisions,” said Jason Dittmer, a professor in the University’s Department of Geology and Geography.

‘In particular, Mr. Kunstler will focus on the impact of the end of the ‘oil age’ on American society.”

Kunstler’s books include ‘The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape,” ‘Home From Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the 21st Century,” and ‘The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition.” In addition, he has written for Atlantic Monthly,, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine and op-ed page.

Kunstler has lectured at numerous colleges and universities, including Columbia, Harvard, MIT, Princeton and Yale. He has also spoken before the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Association of Science and Technology.

Kunstler’s lecture at Georgia Southern is sponsored by the Campus Life Enrichment Committee with the assistance of the Department of Geology and Geography.

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