Myers, co-author of Our Stolen Future speaks at Maryville College Jan. 22

January 13, 2003

Dr. John Peterson Myers, environmentalist and co-author of Our Stolen Future, will discuss his professional work and the development of his environmental ethic during an address scheduled for 9 a.m., Jan. 22 in Wilson Chapel on the Maryville College campus.

The public is invited.

A zoologist who received his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California-Berkeley, Myers co-authored Our Stolen Future with scientist Dr. Theo Colborn and Boston Globe reporter Dianne Dumanoski.

First published by Dutton, Penguin Books in 1996, the book is described as a “scientific detective story” that explores the sublethal effects of synthetic chemicals. Time magazine called it “powerful,” and critics at the New York Times Book Review assessed: “Its subject is so important and its story so powerful that it deserves to be read by the widest possible audience.” Business Week said it could become “the biggest scientific and public-relations bombshell to hit the chemical industry since Rachel L. Carson’s 1962 classic, Silent Spring.”

Myers’ visit to Maryville College is in conjunction with the conclusion of a freshman course entitled “Perspectives on the Environment.” In this 3-week required course, students engage in a broad study of nature-related issues (energy, water, solid waste and forestry) and address the basic question of what it means to be a steward of the environment.

Dr. Drew Crain, assistant professor of biology at the College and an instructor of the freshman course, became acquainted with Dr. Myers after the zoologist featured research conducted by Crain and colleagues at the University of Florida in Our Stolen Future. (Crain has researched extensively the phenomenon of endocrine disruption by environmental contaminants.)

“ We are very fortunate to have Dr. Myers visit our campus and address our freshmen and college community,” Crain said. “I hope that students can see how Dr. Myers has developed an environmental ethic and consistently applied this ethic to his profession and personal life.

“ Dr. Myers’ writing and work … shows how an individual can maintain a clear, consistent ethic of environmental stewardship,” the professor continued. “I hope students will be able to see this.”

Myers, who also serves as the editor and publisher of www.OurStolenFuture.org, is senior advisor to the United Nations Foundation and a senior fellow at Commonweal. From 1990 until 2002, he was director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation, a private foundation supporting efforts to protect the global environment and to prevent nuclear war. He has also held the position of Senior Vice President for Science at the National Audobon Society.

He lives near Charlottesville, Va.