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October 2005

Release date: October 17, 2005

ASU's Holland Lecture to Examine Environmental Issues

Two scholars will explore the conflict between environmental protection and exploitation during the 2005 E. James Holland Symposium on American Values Monday through Tuesday, Oct. 24-25, at Angelo State University.

Dr. Peter A. Walker, who teaches in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon, and Dr. Howard Margolis, a professor of public policy at the University of Chicago, will focus on the theme "Environmental Values in a Consumer Society: Valuing the Land in the Land of the Free" during public and classroom presentations.

Walker, whose research focuses on how environmental use is shaped by political and social forces, will give his lecture "Is Environmentalism Dead? Environmental Visions in a Consumer Society" at 1:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24. Margolis, author of Dealing with Risk: Why the Public and the Experts Disagree on Environmental Issues, will speak on "Can Policy Analysis Resolve Tough Environmental Choices?" at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Both scholars will participate in a panel discussion on environmental issues and consumerism at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The lectures and the panel discussion are free and open public in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center at ASU.

The two-day symposium is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. In 2003, the Texas State University System Board of Regents named the symposium in honor of Dr. E. James Holland, who established the annual symposium in 1984 and served 34 years as dean of ASU's College of Liberal and Fine Arts until his 2003 retirement.

Walker is a former consultant for the United States Agency for International Development and, through his research in Africa, has explored the relationship between democracy and attitudes toward the environment. Margolis is serving as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Washington, D.C., and is working on a book on behavioral economics.

For more information, contact Dr. Bill Montgomery at 942-2068, Ext. 245.