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Commoner Lecture

The Barry Commoner Lecture on the Environment was established at Marymount Manhattan College through the generosity of Richard S. Berry and Lucy A. Commoner. These gifts have also created The Commoner Fund for Environmental Studies at the College. Barry Commoner was a prominent environmental scientist, widely known as a writer and lecturer on the relationship between environmental and energy problems and public policy.


Future and Past Commoner Lectures

  • January 9, 2017
    This distinguished professor and author of eighteen books that focus on the intersection of environmental justice, human rights, and race will deliver the 2017 Barry Commoner Lecture on the Environment on Tuesday, March 14 at 2:30PM in the Theresa Lang Theatre.  The title of Dr. Bullard’s presentation is “Building a Healthy, Sustainable and Environmentally Just Society for All: Why Equity Matters.”  Using extensive spatial mapping overlays, Dr. Bullard will connect the dots of health disparities, sustainability and environmental justice using a social justice and racial equity lens.

  • January 4, 2016
    Urban revitalization expert and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster Majora Carter will deliver the 2016 Barry Commoner Lecture on the Environment, titled Home(town) Security.

  • January 29, 2015
    Carl Safina, acclaimed scientist/author and President of the Safina Center at Stony Brook University, will deliver the 2015 Barry Commoner Lecture on the Environment, titled Caught in the Same Net: The Ocean and Us.

  • December 17, 2013
    Alex Steffen is the thinking-person’s optimist. His inspiring, provocative talks about our future pack houses around the world. Whether explaining humanity’s best solutions (in Worldchanging), imagining the opportunities to be found in climate-neutral cities (in Carbon Zero), or sharing breakthrough insights into the powerful forces now driving worldwide change (in the forthcoming Planetary), Steffen, as The New York Times states, “lays out the blueprint for a successful century.”

  • March 6, 2013
    The Barry Commoner Environmental Lecture Series was established at Marymount Manhattan College through the gifts from the husband and wife team of Richard S. Berry and Lucy A. Commoner. These gifts have also created The Commoner Fund for Environmental Studies at the College. Barry Commoner, who recently passed away in September 2012, was a prominent environmental scientist, widely known as a writer and lecturer on the relation between environmental and energy problems and public policy.

  • March 23, 2012
    New York, N.Y. – On March 21, prize-winning environmental journalist Andrew C. Revkin delivered the first Barry Commoner Environmental Lecture, “Nine Billion People Plus One Planet Equals?,” at Marymount Manhattan College in the Great Hall. His lecture provided solutions to making the world’s anticipated spike in population by the year 2050 livable for the future. In his optimistic view, Revkin suggested an exploration of ways in which colleges can foster progress on a finite planet, including using technology in more creative ways to communicate environmental standards worldwide.