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Pioneering Environmentalist Stewart Brand to speak at Reed

Since the counterculture '60s, Stewart Brand has been a critical thinker and innovator who helped lay the foundations of our internetworked world.

Portland, Ore (February 25, 2011) -- Futurist, author, and environmentalist Stewart Brand will speak at Reed College on "Green Biotech, Green Slums, Green Nukes, and Green Geoengineering," on Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Kaul Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Brand is a member of the TED Brain Trust, the cofounder of Green Business Network, and president of The Long Now Foundation, an organization that promotes long-term thinking by exploring "whatever may be helpful for thinking, understanding, and acting responsibly over long periods of time."

In his book, Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto, Brand offers a deeply researched argument for why his fellow environmentalists must embrace urbanization, nuclear power, and biotechnology in order to create a sustainable future.

He is perhaps best known as the founder, editor, and publisher of the Whole Earth Catalog and the creator of The WELL, an online community that predates the Internet boom and inspired the term

Brand is the author of many pioneering books, including The Whole Earth Catalogues, The Clock of the Long Now, and The Media Lab: Inventing the Future at MIT. His book How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built has been dubbed "a classic, and possibly a work of genius."

Brand's lecture is sponsored by the Sun Grant Western Regional Center and the Reed College Environmental Studies Program.