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Christian Parenti to deliver a lecture entitled "Climate Change and the Geography of Violence," February 22, 2012.

Christian Parenti, contributing editor at The Nation, to deliver a lecture entitled "Climate Change and the Geography of Violence" on Wednesday, February 22. The program, sponsored by Earth Science and Geography, Environmental Studies, International Studies, and the Political Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, is free and open to the public and will begin at 5:30pm in Rockefeller Hall, room 300. Parenti's most recent book is Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (Nation Books, July 2011).  

The era of climate war is upon us. Extreme weather brought on by global warming is unleashing cascades of unrest and violence across the globe, from Africa to Asia to the Americas. In Tropic of Chaos, award-winning journalist and sociologists Christian Parenti reports from the front lines of this gathering social and environmental catastrophe. Combining historical research and academically informed theory with on-the-ground reporting, Parenti discusses how the environmental crisis is "already colliding with the twin legacies of cold war militarism and unbridled free market economics to cause fragile nations to disintegrate into failed states." He critiques the way the "countries of the Global North have responded to this dangerous new world: rather than adapt by defusing tensions and embracing cleaner forms of energy, these governments are responding with greater repression, surveillance, and a program of border militarization and permanent counterinsurgency."   

Parenti is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow and visiting professor at the Sociology Department of Brooklyn College.

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, February 16, 2012