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News Author and Social Critic James Howard Kunstler Lectures at Marlboro College Graduate Center, June 7

MARLBORO, VT – (May 22, 2008) – The Marlboro College Graduate Center will host a free, public lecture by author and urban planning expert, James Howard Kunstler, during Brattleboro’s annual Strolling of the Heifers, Saturday, June 7 at 5:00 p.m.

Kunstler has long been recognized as a fierce critic of suburban sprawl and the high costs associated with an automobile-centric culture, authoring The Geography of Nowhere (Simon & Schuster, 1993) and Home from Nowhere (Simon & Schuster, 1996). A seasoned journalist, he continues to write for The Atlantic Monthly,, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and the Op-Ed page where he covers issues related to the environment, urban planning and the economy.

In 2005, he trained his eye on the permanent global oil crisis with The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century. The book expands on his past critiques of suburbia by exploring the sweeping economic, political and social changes that will result from the end of access to cheap fossil fuels and the impact this will have on the way we live, work, farm and build. In March 2008, the Atlantic Monthly Press published Kunstler's tenth novel, World Made By Hand, a story set in America's post-oil future.

Mr. Kunstler has lectured extensively about urban design, energy issues and new economies for the TED Conference, the American Institute of Architects, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the National Association of Science and Technology and other professional organizations as well as at numerous colleges and universities, including Yale, MIT, Harvard, Cornell, University of Illinois, DePaul, Texas A & M, West Point and Rutgers University among many others.

This lecture is part of the college's monthly lecture series for its MBA in Managing for Sustainability program. Under the guidance of program director Ralph Meima, the Marlboro MBA is taught in person and online, with students and faculty coming together for three days each month at the downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, campus of the Marlboro College Graduate Center. Over the course of two years, MBA students earn 60 credits in classes, internships and independent research.

The Marlboro College Graduate Center is located at 28 Vernon Street in Brattleboro, Vermont. For more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations department at 802-251-7644 or


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