This is the fifth in a series of seven Thursday morning Osher Lifelong Learning Institute lectures in autumn of 2012. The lecture series is entitled, "Europe in Crisis: Issues Behind the Headlines," will examine the European Union's origins and growth. From six countries in 1957, the EU has expanded to 27. Another group of 17 countries comprise the eurozone and share th Euro currency. How are these countries united? How do Europe's policies of immigration, politics, religion, and environment create tensions among EU members and non-members? This series will help us think about and make sense of the EU"s present political, social and economic challenges in the current crisis.
The October 11 talk will be delivered by Prof. Greg Keoleian. The ultimate foundation of a healthy economy and society is environmental sustainability. This talk will compare EU and US sustainability by analyzing the basic systems for meeting our societal needs including energy, mobility, shelter and food. How do our consumption patterns, products and technology, and energy and environmental policies compare with the Europeans? You will also learn some basic strategies for reducing your own environmental footprints!
The fee for the series is $30, or $10 per lecture at the door.