Author Elizabeth Royte visits campus, April 17

Tue, 2008-04-08 13:49 -- univcomm
April 8, 2008

Acclaimed author Elizabeth Royte will speak at chapel sponsored by the Peace and Conflict Transformation (PACT) Program on April 17 in Reardon Auditorium. Immediately after chapel, she will host a book signing for her book, Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash, in the bookstore. A lunchtime question-and-answer conversation will be held in the Kane Dining Room from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.

Royte looks at recycling, E-waste and the zero waste movement from all sides, and discusses the practical ways in which we can achieve positive change by limiting our waste footprints.

In Garbage Land, Royte leads readers on the wild adventure that begins once our trash hits the bottom of the can. Royte takes readers on a bizarre cultural tour through slime, stench, and heat—in other words, through the back end of our ever-more supersized lifestyles. By showing what really happens to the things people have "disposed of", Royte reminds readers that decisions about consumption and waste have a very real impact—and that unless we undertake radical change, garbage will always be with us, in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we consume.

Elizabeth Royte has written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, National Geographic, The New York Times Book Review, the New Yorker, Outside, Smithsonian,and other national magazines. Her work is included in The Best American Science Writing 2004 (Ecco/HarperCollins), the environmental omnibus Naked(FourWallsEightWindows), and Outside Magazine's Why Moths Hate Thomas Edison (W.W. Norton & Company). A former Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow, Royte is the author of The Tapir's Morning Bath: Solving the Mysteries of the Tropical Rain Forest, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 2001.

The PACT Program was established in 1997 through the vision of Maurice and Dondeena Caldwell. The program seeks to encourage the inclusion of the concerns of peace and conflict transformation into the existing curriculum and campus life. The program also offers a Peace and Conflict Transformation minor.

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Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.