Environment 4.0: The Next 40 Years

Bill Dietrich, an assistant professor of environmental studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will present an illustrated lecture entitled "Environment 4.0: The Next 40 Years," on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Willamette University's Paulus Lecture Hall within the College of Law.

In his lecture, which is co-sponsored by the university's Center for Sustainable Communities, Dietrich will discuss some of the major environmental issues that confront the Pacific Northwest. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Bill Dietrich is the proud parent of a Willamette alumna, Heidi Dietrich '01, and an author, teacher and journalist. He worked for 35 years for various newspapers in the Pacific Northwest. While working for The Seattle Times, shared a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Dietrich covered the environment, science and land use before becoming an assistant professor of environmental studies at Western, where he teaches environmental journalism. He is the author of 13 books that have been translated into 28 languages.

Dietrich's lecture is presented in conjunction with "Critical Messages: Contemporary Northwest Artists on the Environment," which continues through Nov. 7, 2010 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.