MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Global warming and climate change continue to generate discussion and analyses, and MTSU is offering a series of upcoming public lectures sure to inspire further scrutiny and debate.
The MTSU Honors College began a 10-week look -- from a variety of academic perspectives -- on "Climate Change" for its weekly Spring Lecture Series beginning Monday, Feb. 3.
The lecture series is part of a longstanding Honors upper division class, but is open to the general public. It is held starting at 3 p.m. every Monday (except March 9 because of spring break) through April 13 in Room 106 of the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building.
This semester, students and the visiting public will hear climate change perspectives in philosophy, politics, economics, data science and the Bible, among others.
One highlight will be an April 6 presentation by Daniel Sandweiss, director for the School of Policy and International Affairs and professor of anthropology and quaternary and climate studies at the University of Maine. He is the incoming president of Phi Kappa Phi, the national honor society MTSU has been involved with for years.
Sandweiss's talk is titled "Using Climate and Cultural History to Understand El Nino's Role in Ancient Peru."
Attorney and MTSU alumnus Lawrence Harrington (Class of 1974) will discuss "The Politics of Climate Change" on Feb. 17. Harrington is chief deputy attorney for the state of Tennessee.
The other eight lectures are being presented by MTSU faculty.
MTSU started an honors program in 1973. It was elevated to Honors College status in 1998. The college maintains its mission of providing an undergraduate education of exceptional quality and value to a small but diverse student population deeply committed to knowledge.
John Vile is the dean of the Honors College while Associate Dean Philip Phillips helps direct the lecture series with resident faculty member Mary Evins, an associate professor in history.
For visitors planning to attend any of the lecture series, they must obtain a $2 per day permit from the Parking and Transportation Services office at 1403 E. Main St. or print a visitor pass at https://mtsu.t2hosted.com.
MTSU has more than 300 combined undergraduate and graduate programs.