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Lecture Focuses on Living on Your “Share”

1/9/2008 —

My Share: Living on One Six-Billionth is the title for a lecture on Wednesday, January 23, by Dr. Margaret Christian, associate professor of English at Penn State Lehigh Valley.  The lecture will be held at 1 p.m. in the Atrium of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Fogelsville campus. The lecture is part of the 2008 Faculty Lecture Series and is open to the public free of charge.  

The lecture focuses on life resources – food, water, wealth – available on Earth today and, with 6.4 billion people on the planet, what is “my share” of those resources. Economic and environmental experts have answers, and globally-aware readers are eager to hear them. My Share:  Living on One Six-Billionth answers the question “What’s my share?” on the human level, with glimpses into the lives of families around the world. The lecture is a precursor to Dr. Christian’s book of the same title. She references data from the World Bank and the Global Footprint Network, and uses photographs and interviews from families in different countries to illustrate an equal share of global income ($9489 per person in 2005) around the world and explains the Ecological Footprint of each household.

Dr. Christian is a third-generation Californian, who was born in Los Angeles and grew up in a world where orange groves extended for miles. She has traveled extensively, visiting extended family in India, Central America, and southern Africa. Her international adventures in the ’70s and ’80s include six weeks in rural Zambia, three summers studying in Oxford, and a year teaching in Beijing.  Dr. Christian received her Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her B.A. in English from La Sierra University, Riverside, California. She has been a professor at Penn State University since 1989. In August 2006, she collected photographs and interviews in Thailand for this lecture – the first stop along an ambitious My Share-related itinerary.

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