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Ecologist & Marine Conservationist Carl Safina on ‘The Oceans and Us’ at C.W. Post

Host of PBS series ‘Saving the Oceans with Carl Safina’ & author of ‘Song for the Ocean’ and ‘A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout’ kicks off Provost Lecture Series Oct. 5 at 11 a.m.; free and open to all


Jennifer Fitzpatrick,Director of Community Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University

Carl SafinaBrookville, N.Y. – Fisheries, coral reefs, forests, climate change, poverty, literacy for girls, and peace – are all facets of the same issue. Drawing on two acclaimed books published this year—"The View From Lazy Point" and "A Sea in Flames"—scientist/author Carl Safina weaves a story that is both deeply personal and broadly global.

Safina's talk, "Caught in the Same Net: The Ocean and Us," will take place Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Patron's Lounge of Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. The event is free and open to the public.

Sharing travels that take us from his Long Island beach house to the high Arctic, Antartica, and across the coastal tropics, Safina will discuss how the changes he has witnessed challenge not just nature but all of humankind. He will examine 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.

Safina's lecture is the first in the fall 2011 Provost Distinguished Lecture Series at C.W. Post. Other lectures in the series include:

  • "The Critic's Role: The Importance of the Review in Modern Day Cinema" by New York Times film critic A.O. Scott, Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 12:30 p.m. in the Tilles Center atrium;
  • "The Art of Video Games" by Georgina Goodlander, coordinator of an exhibition of the same name at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Chris Messilinos, video game collector and guest exhibiton curator, Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall (reception at Hillwood Art Museum);
  • "The Strategy Behind Today's Sports Fan Experience" by John Collins, chief operating officer of
  • the National Hockey League and 1983 alumnus of C.W. Post, Thursday, Nov. 3 at 12:30 p.m. in Pratt Recreation Center;
  • "The Women of Afghanistan: Education and Health Care" by Dr. Tahira Homayun, founding president of the Organization for Advancement of Afghan Women, Thursday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. in Lorber Hall Room 100, and
  • "Finding the Double Helix" by Dr. James Watson, Nobel Prize Laureate, co-discoverer of structure of DNA and chancellor emeritus of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Thursday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. in the Great Hall, Winnick House.

Established by C.W. Post Provost Dr. Paul Forestell, the Provost Distinguished Lecture Series features prominent leaders and thinkers from around the world and among the C.W. Post faculty sharing their experiences and expertise on topics of interest to the Long Island Community.
For more information, call the C.W. Post Office of Community Relations at (516) 299-3500 or visit

Posted 09/09/2011

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