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Annual Horning Lecture will look at challenges of Earth’s growing population

Charles C. Mann, 2019 Horning LecturerAs the Earth’s population hurtles toward 10 billion, the question is top of mind for scientists, environmentalists and the world entire: can the planet sustain so many people? What will such a world look like?

An engaging look at those questions will be the subject of the Creighton University College of Arts and Sciences History Department’s annual Ross Horning Lecture next month. This year’s lecture will feature celebrated author Charles C. Mann, whose most recent book, The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World, tracks the lives and careers of Norman Borlaug and William Vogt, two relatively obscure 20th-century scientists who devised competing views of a future world.

Mann will speak April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium at the Harper Center, 602 N. 20th St., on the Creighton campus.

Focusing on four central challenges humanity faces — food, water, energy and climate change — Mann will look at historical context and future possibilities.

The author of 1493, a New York Times bestseller, and 1491, which won the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Keck Award for Best Book of the Year, Mann is also a correspondent for The Atlantic, Science and Wired magazines, covering science, technology and commerce. He has written five additional books and is a three-time National Magazine Award finalist.

The Horning Lecture is named for the late Creighton history professor Ross Horning, whose Creighton career spanned five decades. He was elected president of the University Faculty three times and served on the University Athletic Board and the University Public Honors Committee. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society, and the Omaha Press Club, among many other associations.

This lecture is free and open to the public, though registration is requested here.


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