OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Nat'l. Geo. editor to give climate change talk for McCall Memorial Lecture

04/05/2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Dennis Dimick, award-winning executive editor for the environment at National Geographic magazine, will present this year’s Gov. Tom McCall Memorial Lecture, a talk titled, “Changing Planet: Where Energy and Climate Collide.”

The talk is set for April 22, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, at LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University Corvallis campus. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Dimick, a 1973 OSU graduate, will lead the audience in a sweeping visual journey and in-depth report drawn from National Geographic features and the most recent scientific reports documenting the effects of climate change. He’ll also explore what members of the public can do to reverse troubling climate change trends.

National Geographic has been among the world’s leading media outlets in documenting effects of climate change on the natural world. Dimick has shaped much of that coverage in concert with Editor-in-Chief Chris Johns, also an OSU graduate.

“We’re honored that Dennis Dimick is this year’s McCall lecturer and are excited that attendees will have an opportunity at his presentation to see striking visual representations of climate change and learn about the nature of their impacts,” said David Bernell, chair of the McCall Lecture committee and an assistant professor of political science. “Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing our planet, and Mr. Dimick is uniquely prepared from a journalism vantage point to provide these insights.”

The McCall Lecture honors the memory of the legendary Oregon governor and his commitment to public service, journalism and environmental protection. In 1975, shortly after completing his second term as governor, McCall came to OSU to teach journalism and political science. The College of Liberal Arts established the McCall lectureship in 1982.

Past McCall Lecture presenters include Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; William Ruckleshaus, the first head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Washington Post writer David Broder; political columnist William Raspberry; and many other prominent leaders from the fields of government and journalism.

The McCall Lecture is presented by the OSU College of Liberal Arts.