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Presented By: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+)

Welcome to the Anthropocene

Ben van der Pluijm

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This lecture will be live streamed.

Today’s rapid environmental change from human actions and ongoing geologic activity of our planet require that modern human society is able to prepare, absorb, respond and adapt to adverse conditions, captured by the concept of ‘Societal Resilience’. Scientific understanding of the challenges is required for meaningful action.

Our speaker, Dr. Ben van der Pluijm, is BR Clark Collegiate Professor of Geology and Professor of the Environment at the University of Michigan. His research areas are Structure/Tectonics, dealing with the geologic evolution of Earth’s crust from minerals to mountains, and Geohazards and Societal Resilience, dealing with planet-human interactions.

This is the last of a six-lecture series. The subject of the series is Advances in Science. A new lecture series will start February 25, 2021. The subject is Graphic Books and Memes. Learn from well-known experts about an array of interesting subjects, with an interactive Q&A period following each lecture.

Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the lecture will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
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  • $35 for entire 6-lecture series. $10 for day pass.

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