BHSU professor speaks about the future for the Earth and us

Author: BHSU Communications/Friday, October 2, 2015/Categories: 2015









           Matthew Bauman, instructor of creative writing at Black Hills State University, will discuss fossil fuels and alternative energy in the Geek Speak lecture "Now That It&rsquos Too Late?: Climate Change and the Anthropocene" Thursday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. in room 110 of Jonas Hall on the BHSU campus.




A Black Hills State University instructor will address the topic of climate change in the next Geek Speak lecture, discussing how the phenomenon relates to extinction, capitalism and human evolution.

Matthew Bauman, instructor of creative writing at BHSU, will give this week&rsquos Geek Speak lecture "Now That It&rsquos Too Late?: Climate Change and the Anthropocene." The lecture will discuss climate change and human impact on the environment Thursday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. in room 110 of Jonas Hall on the BHSU campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Bauman will discuss the Anthropocene Age, a new geologic era scientists associate with the beginning of human&rsquos impact on climate change. Humans have left a negative imprint on the earth and their actions have significantly changed the water, air, and surfaces, Bauman said. The suggested start of the Anthropocene Age is around the Industrial Revolution from 1800-1850, and began with the use of fossil fuels.

"It has taken 150-200 years of fossil fuel use to really show human&rsquos impact on the earth. There is a lot of concern that extracting and burning fossil fuels have already done enough damage to change the world in ways that may or may not suit humanity," said Bauman.

Bauman will look at climate change from science, economic and evolution viewpoints, referencing work by other published researchers.

"We will discuss the economics of what&rsquos holding the U.S. back from changing their environmental habits. The power that fossil fuels have in Washington D.C. is so big that we might not be able to do everything in time to decrease the effects of climate change," Bauman said. "We also will discuss what it means to be a human living in this kind of toxic environment."  

For the brighter future it is clear that society needs to do something, Bauman said. Since technology and science evolve every day, all humanity needs is hard work and willingness to change.

"To stop killing the earth we would have to stop using fossil fuels immediately. We can create a successful economic system that reinforces and supports alternative energy. Look how mobile phones evolved for the past 10 years and yet our cars haven&rsquot evolved in 30 years. We have the technology to create better things to life in cleaner more sustainable way," Bauman said.

Geek Speak, an academic lecture and discussion series, is sponsored by the University Honors Program and is held every Thursday at 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 110 on the BHSU campus.

Upcoming topics include:

Oct. 15 &ndash "Robin Hood Redux: How through Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), CEOs Rob From the Poor and Pay the Rich" hosted by Dr. Byron Hollowell

Oct. 22 &ndash "Outgrowing Optimism" hosted by Dr. Tim Steckline

Oct. 29 &ndash "He Who Fears the Wolf Should Never Enter the Forest:  Werewolves Among Us" hosted by Dr. Courtney Huse Wika

Nov. 5 &ndash "Studying Society through the Apocalyptic Novel: The Road, The Year of the Flood, The Stand, and On the Beach" hosted by Dr. Laura Colmenero Chilberg

Nov. 12 &ndash "Speaking on Behalf of the Natural World&rsquos Rights" hosted by Dr. Nikki Dragone

Nov. 19 &ndash "Perspectives on Hunger" hosted by Dr. Trenton Ellis and Dr. John Alsup

To confirm topics, dates, and room numbers, check the BHSU Campus Calendar.

For more information, contact Dr. Courtney Huse Wika, director of the University Honors Program and assistant professor of English, at 605-642-6918 or

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