Looking for an interesting book to read over break? Try Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat and Crowded. In his book, Friedman asserts that artificially triggered climate change is a deadly threat to society. Rising global population, accompanied by rising rates of resource and energy consumption as the developing world grows affluent, may overwhelm both the Earth and the marketplace. Only fundamental change in energy production and use—”a whole new system for powering our economy”—can stave off disaster. Yet there’s an upside. Hot, Flat, and Crowded contends: Radical change in energy use represents an opportunity for the United States to preserve its global economic leadership, by beating the world to clean-energy ideas that will sell.

You are invited to join Denny Jacobs and Tim Decker from the Corrick Center and Brian Smith from the School for Teaching and Learning for a discussion about Friedman’s provocative look at American society on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 12:00 in CMU 227.

The first seven faculty who contact Steve Grineski (grineski@mnstate.edu) and agree to attend this event will receive a free copy of the book. Please include your campus mailing address with your email.