To kickoff the 20th year of the Chautauqua Lecture Series, Eastern Kentucky University has invited Yale professor and author Oswald Schmitz to deliver the Celebration of Science Week keynote address on Thursday.

This opening lecture serves as the series’ annual Bruce MacLaren Distinguished Lecture, in honor of the series’ founder. Schmitz is set to talk on the topic of his recent book, “The New Ecology: Rethinking a Science for the Anthropocene.”

Schmitz is no freshman when it comes to being a keynote speaker. In fact, he has been chosen for several prominent lecture series on ecology and conservation and has earned several awards and fellowships. Most recently, he earned the Class of 2014 Teaching Award for Professor Most Exemplifying Aldo Leopold’s

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