Cazenovia College’s Spring Semester Reisman Lecture is focused on the environment and the social and ethical issues surrounding mankind’s management and stewardship of it.
The lecture, “Caught in the Same Net: The Ocean and Us,” will be presented by Dr. Carl Safina, president of the Blue Ocean Institute at Stony Brook University, at 3 p.m. Monday, March 12, in the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College.
The talk will be followed by a book signing, with books available for purchase.
Fisheries, coral reefs, forests, climate change, poverty, literacy for girls, and peace — these are all facets of the same issue. Drawing on two acclaimed books published in the last few months,“The View From Lazy Point” and “A Sea In Flames,” scientist/author Safina weaves a story that is both deeply personal and broadly global. Sharing travels that take us from his Long Island beach house to the high Arctic, Antarctica, and across the coastal tropics, he shows how the changes he’s witnessed challenge not just nature but all of humankind.
Safina will also discuss how science has ethical implications, how religion and science are converging toward common cause on environmental matters, and how moral responses can add momentum toward increasingly crucial solutions. Despite serious trends, there is a path forward.
Additional information about the Blue Ocean Institute can be found at blueocean.org.
The Reisman Lectures, a three-year-long series presented each fall and spring, features thoughtful discourse on topics surrounding contemporary societal issues, by authors and scholars, leading public figures, and experts from business and the professions.
The series is funded through a gift from The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, which also gave $2 million to name the College’s Art and Design building Reisman Hall.
Marshall M. Reisman served on the Cazenovia College Board of Trustees, and was active with many other area organizations.
He and his wife, Dorothy, were dedicated art collectors and committed to improving the quality of life for Central New Yorkers.