April 07, 2006


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — John Ikerd will give the lecture, "Is Capitalism Sustainable?" April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

Ikerd is an expert on the ecological, social, and economic aspects of agriculture in the context of sustainability who argues that unfettered capitalism can be made to deliver a sustainable future.

He is the author of Sustainable Capitalism: A Matter of Common Sense. Of the book, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has said, "For years, John Ikerd's writings and speeches have provided precious insights into the economics of this nation's food system, exploding the myth that factory farms are economically imperative. In this brilliant book, he makes a powerful case for a new capitalistic economy: one that is environmentally sound, socially just, and economically sustainable."

Professor emeritus in economics at the University of Missouri, Ikerd has taught at several universities including the University of Missouri, the University of Georgia, Oklahoma State University, and North Carolina State University.

The lecture, which is open to the public without charge, is the final lecture in the Sustainability Lecture Series sponsored by the Bucknell Environmental Center. For more information about the center, see http://www.bucknell.edu/environmentalcenter/index.html?fpa

Ikerd also will participate in a faculty seminar on the challenges and opportunities of sustainability and the undergraduate curriculum on April 14.

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Story posted April 6, 2006

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