For release: October 29, 2013
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Dr. Peter Dauvergne
Dr. Peter Dauvergne, professor of International Relations and director of the Liu Institute for Global
Issues at the University of British Columbia, will present “Eco-Business: A Big-Brand
Takeover Of Sustainability” at the next Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities lecture
Thursday, Nov. 7, at the University of Memphis’ University Center Theater. The lecture
will begin at 6 p.m. preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the theatre lobby.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Zach Curlin
garage directly across from the University Center.
Dauvergne will explore why big-brand companies like Wal-Mart, Nike, Coca-Cola and McDonald's
are now competing to position themselves as “sustainability leaders” by adopting farsighted
goals and driving change through core operations and global supply chains. Dauvergne
argues that while projecting an image of corporate responsibility, this effort is
actually limiting the potential for more long-term solutions aimed at challenging
and transforming the status quo of consumerism.
Dauvergne is an award-winning author. He received the Gerald L. Young Best Book In
the Field of Human Ecology award for The Shadows of Consumption. The lecture is based on his recent book Eco-Business, coauthored with Jane Lister. His other books include Paths to a Green World, The Shadows of Consumption, Loggers and Degradation in the Asia-Pacific and Shadows in the Forest.
Dauvergne joined the University of British Columbia faculty in 2002. He also serves as the Canadian Research
Chair in Global Environmental Politicsand is a grant recipient of the Social Sciences
and Humanities Research Council of Canada. His current projects include sustainable
consumption and corporate social responsibility.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Program in
International Studies and University Public Service Funds.
For more information on this event or the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities,
visit www.memphis.edu/moch or email email@example.com.