Go Back to School with Science

Breathe in the 

Space, Climate, World

and Air Around Us

Inhaling the History of the World

Wednesday Oct. 10th, 12pm-1:15pm

@ Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room F

With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. On the ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds on the Senate floor, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding; in fact, you’re probably inhaling some of it now.  In Caesar’s Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it.  The Guardian describes Kean’s writing as “provocative and entertaining” and named this book 2017’s Best Science Book.

The Beck Environmental Lecture:

Reversing Global Warming

Wednesday Oct. 10th, 6pm-7:15pm @ Harris Theater 

In Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, Paul Hawken offers 100 concrete solutions to help abate climate change. Meticulously researched by leading scientists and policy-makers around the globe, Drawdown pushes through widespread fear and apathy to give readers a step-by-step guide for making a difference in creating a just and livable world. Vox says, “The public is hungry for this kind of practical wisdom.” The Beck Lecture is sponsored by Robert and Lucy Beck, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Traveling Wild:  Tales of an Ecotourist

Thursday Oct. 11th, 11:50am-1:15pm 

@ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

A veteran traveler with ecotourism experience on all seven continents, Mike Gunter Jr. is the author of Tales of an Ecotourist: What Travel to Wild Places Can Teach Us About Climate Change. Using both keen humor and memorable anecdotes, and weaving respected scientific studies along the way, the book showcases travel from the hot and humid Amazon jungle to the frozen but dry Antarctic as a simple yet spellbinding lens to better understand the complex issue of climate change. Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Biking Across America: A Climate Scientist’s Journey

Thursday Oct. 11th, 3pm-4:15pm

@ Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room F


7:pm-8:15pm @ Kings Park Library

After a high-level career as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, Switzerland, scientist David Goodrich set out on a trip across America with his bicycle, camera, and notebook to tackle the widespread misinformation and denial of climate change. For A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist’s Bicycle Journey Across the United States, Goodrich rode 4,200 miles from Delaware to Oregon speaking to people from all walks of life he met along the way.

Recovering the Columbia Space Shuttle

Saturday Oct. 13th, 10:30am-11:30am

@ Merten Hall, Room 1201

Michael D. Leinbach and Jonathan H. Ward take a powerful look at a shared national disaster and its legacy. Leinbach was the launch director of the space shuttle program when Columbia disintegrated on re-entry before the nation’s eyes on February 1, 2003, and Ward is the Solar System Ambassador for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Bringing Columbia Home: The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew is the definitive inside story of the Columbia disaster and recovery, and the inspiring message it holds.>/p>