Duke Law Professor to Discuss Environmental Philosophy at UM

March 28, 2017

MISSOULA – An expert on constitutional, environmental and property law will present the Brennan Guth Memorial Lecture on Environmental Philosophy as part of the 2016-17 President’s Lecture Series at the University of Montana.

Jedediah Purdy, Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law at Duke University, will present “Environmental Justice for the Anthropocene” at 8 p.m. Friday, April 7, in the Dennison Theatre. The lecture also is sponsored by Environmental Studies.

Purdy also will lead the seminar “Ecology and Political Economy in the History of Capitalism” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the same day in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. The lecture and seminar are free and open to the public.

Following his graduation from Yale Law School in 2001, Purdy clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City. Before beginning his teaching career at Duke Law School in 2004, he was a fellow at the New America Foundation and at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. He became the Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law at Duke in 2013. He teaches constitutional, environmental and property law and writes in all of these areas.

His book “After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene” has been described as a foundational work “for all who are struggling with how to reinvigorate environmental protection in the face of political breakdown in America and troubling global trends, including the emerging risk of climate change.”

The President’s Lecture Series at UM consists of eight talks throughout the academic year on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers. For more information on the series, visit http://umt.edu/president/events/lectures/ or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.


Contact: Richard Drake, UM history professor and lecture series organizer, 406-243-2981, richard.drake@umontana.edu.