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Neurobiologist and Climate Expert William Calvin to Speak at Westminster College

Salt Lake City-March 8, 2004-Author and theoretical neurobiologist William H. Calvin will speak at Westminster College on Thursday, March 25, 2004, at 6:30 p.m. as part of the annual Kim T. Adamson Lecture Series in International Studies. Calvin is an Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. His talk, "When Climate Staggers: Civilization's Vulnerabilities to Sudden Change," will explore the implications of the little-known fact that the earth's climate can change suddenly during periods of abrupt, rapid cooling or warming.

Calvin is the author of 11 books. His lecture will be based partly on A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change, which won the Phi Beta Kappa 2002 Book Award for Science. His latest book, A Brief History of the Mind: From Apes to Intellect and Beyond, will be released this month from Oxford University Press. Writing in the New York Times Book Review, Marcia Bartusiak notes, "Calvin is a member of that rare breed of scientists who can translate the arcana of their fields into lay language, and he's one of the best." For more information about Calvin, visit

The Kim T. Adamson Lecture in International Studies is an annual endowed lecture established at Westminster College in 2001 to bring major figures in the fields of international studies to campus to speak. Calvin's lecture will take place in the Gore School of Business Auditorium and is open to the public at no charge. Free parking is available at 1700 South and 1200 East.

Westminster College is the only private, comprehensive liberal arts college in Utah and one of the very few in the Intermountain West. The college is small, nondenominational and focused intensively on student learning. It prepares its students for success through a strong foundation of liberal education combined with cutting-edge professional programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Westminster in the top tier of regional colleges and universities in the West, and as an excellent educational value. For more information visit