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Eric Rutkow to Speak at St. Norbert College as Part of Great Decisions Lecture Series

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From St. Norbert College, March 27, 2014
by Stefanie Trinkl,, 920-403-3089

Eric Rutkow, author of "American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation," will lecture on "Food and Climate Change" as part of the Great Decisions Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fort Howard Theater of the F. K. Bemis International Center on the St. Norbert College campus.

Rutkow is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School who has worked as a lawyer on environmental and corporate issues. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in American history at Yale. His book, "American Canopy: Trees, Forests and the Making of a Nation," looks at the relationship between Americans and trees across the span of the nation's history, and discusses the importance of trees as symbols of liberty, community and civilization.

In his lecture, Rutkow will discuss how a changing climate can wreak havoc on already insecure and vulnerable populations; he will also address the role of the U.S. in creating sound policy to ensure the security of the world's resources.

Great Decisions is a nationwide program meant to bring together local, regional and national experts in an eight-week lecture series discussing international issues of interest to the community.

Topics for the series are selected by the Foreign Policy Association of America and are intended to provide a local forum for discussion on current political and economic issues. The speakers are selected by participating colleges and universities. St. Norbert College is one of only two schools in Wisconsin that present the entire series.

Admission to the session is $5 at the door.

For more information, contact the St. Norbert College Center for International Education at 920-403-3447 or go to

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