David Montgomery is discussing the topic, “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations,” at Xavier on Sunday, March 14, from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center. The Ethics/Religion and Society annual lecture series event is co-sponsored by the University of Cincinnati’s President’s Advisory Council on Environment and Sustainability and is free and open to the public.
Montgomery is the author of a book of the same title that won the 2008 Washington State Book Award for General Nonfiction. Montgomery focuses on the vital importance of soil fertility in the evolution of ancient and modern societies. By examining the past with both a historical and scientific perspective, he is able to analyze current issues of soil abuse and offer warnings and solutions.
Montgomery is the 2008 MacArthur Fellow and professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. His publications include his first book, King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run on Salmon, and numerous articles in Science, Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.
The Ethics/Religion and Society program encourages ethical and religious analysis of socially significant issues. For 2009-2010, the focus is food and agriculture under the general three-year theme of ecology and sustainability. Speakers offer reflections on various issues associated with sustaining human life through food production. The lecture series is one part of the Ethics/Religion and Society program, which has been recognized for excellence by the National Endowment for the Humanities.