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Boston College professor to discuss how to transition to a sustainable economy

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Christopher Martin, interim head, communication studies, 319-273-6118, christopher.martin@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Juliet B. Schor will speak at the University of Northern Iowa as part of the Hearst Lecture Series on how millions of Americans are transitioning to a sustainable economy. Schor will discuss her most recent book, "Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth," at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

"Plenitude" offers a statement about the economics of how the environment is treated today and suggests a change in how we think about consumer goods, values and ways to live. The book advocates sustainability, but suggests that sustainability does not necessarily mean sacrifice. Instead, "Plenitude" argues that through a shift to new sources of wealth, green technologies, and different ways of living, individuals and the country as a whole can be better off and more economically secure.

Schor is a professor of sociology at Boston College. Before joining Boston College, she was a professor in the Department of Economics and was a member of the Committee on Degrees in Women's Studies at Harvard University. Her research during the past 10 years has focused on issues pertaining to trends in work and leisure, consumerism, the relationship between work and family, women's issues, and economic justice. Schor is a board member and co-founder of the Center for a New American Dream, an organization devoted to transforming North American lifestyles to make them more sustainable. She has had 11 books published and has been profiled in scores of magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and People.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Christopher Martin, interim head, communication studies, at 319-273-6118 or christopher.martin@uni.edu.