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Pride and Purpose Debate Nov. 20: Nuclear Energy & Sustainability

Nuclear power plant
Nuclear power plant

Hofstra University will host its second annual Pride and Purpose Debate on Thursday, Nov. 20, bringing together national experts to discuss the environmental, fiscal and policy issues associated with the expansion of nuclear energy.

The debate, entitled “Should Nuclear Energy be Expanded to Help Create a More Sustainable Future?” will be held at the Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library First Floor, South Campus on Thursday, from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at (516) 463-5669. The event can also be viewed via live webcast.

The panelists include:

  • J Bret Bennington, professor of geology, Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability at Hofstra University.
  • Arnie Gundersen, a member of the Board of Directors for Fairewinds Energy Education.
  • Heidi Hutner, director of sustainability studies and associate professor of sustainability and english at Stony Brook University.
  • Paul Wilson, spokesperson for the American Nuclear Society and professor of nuclear engineering, Department of Engineering Physics and faculty director of the advanced computing initiative at University of Wisconsin-Madison

The debate is sponsored bythe Hofstra Cultural Centerthe Office of University Relations, the Department of Rhetoric and the University’s Sustainability Studies Program.  It will be moderated by Phillip Dalton, PhD, chair and associate professor for the Department of Rhetoric at Hofstra University.

The Pride and Purpose Debate initiative was created as a forum for public discussion that encourages the exchange of ideas on major policy issues, continuing Hofstra’s tradition of civic engagement and public discourse, including hosting presidential debates in 2008 and 2012. A third Pride and Purpose Debate will be scheduled for the fall of 2015.

“At a time when our public discourse is dominated by individuals and organizations strategically promoting their own agendas,” said Vice President for University Relations Melissa A. Connolly. “Hofstra is devoted to becoming a safe haven for our students and community at large to discuss and think about issues in different ways.”

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