March 17, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Juliet Schor will discuss plenitude and sustainability at Bucknell.

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Best-selling author Juliet Schor is the keynote speaker for Bucknell University's second annual Sustainability Symposium.

Schor's talk, "Plenitude: The New Economics of Sustainability", will be presented Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-presented as part of the Social Science Colloquium series, "Sustainability and Governance in the 21st Century: Challenges and Possibilities."

Professor of Sociology at Boston College, Schor is the author of the national best-seller, The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure (1992) and The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need (1998). The Overworked American appeared on the best-seller lists of The New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, The Village Voice, and The Boston Globe. The book is widely credited for influencing the national debate on work and family. 

Schor's most recent book is Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth (The Penguin Press 2010). She is working on issues of environmental sustainability and their relation to American lifestyles and the economy and the emergence of a conscious consumption movement.

A co-founder and co-chair of the Board of the Center for a New American Dream, a national sustainability organization, Schor has lectured widely throughout the United States, Europe and Japan to a variety of civic, business, labor and academic groups.

Schor appears frequently on national and international media, and profiles on her and her work have appeared in scores of magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and People magazine. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show on CBS, numerous stories on network news, as well as many other national and local television news programs.

Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women's Studies. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts.

For directions or information about parking, contact the Bucknell University Environmental Center, or 570-577-1490.

Other events in the day-long symposium include panel discussions, a talk on rail trails, a poster and project display session, and a presentation about unique human-powered vehicles by Bob "The Bike Guy" Swaim.