“An Inconvenient Truth” set for March 15


Maryville University has rescheduled its screening and panel discussion of the Academy-Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” for Thursday, March 15, in the Auditorium at 7 p.m. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Academy of Sciences, is free and open to the public.

The event is rescheduled from last month when it was postponed due to a winter storm. The postponement attracted national media attention because of the irony of the situation.

“An Inconvenient Truth” is former vice president Al Gore’s effort to address the topic of global warming, exposing its myths while warning of its danger. The film is the recipient of two 2007 Academy Awards; one for feature documentary and one for original song. “What I love about the movie is that it makes the issue accessible to people who may not think or study about climate change regularly,” said Nadine Ball, Ed.D., associate professor of education at Maryville, and organizer of the screening and panel discussion.

The panelists will include John Lewington, Ph.D., assistant dean of the John E. Simon School of Business and professor of marketing and management, Maryville University; Bill Odell, HOK senior vice president and design principal; Norm Woldow, Ph.D., professor of biology, Maryville University; Bobbi Carothers, Ph.D., professor of psychology, Maryville University; and William P. Dannevik, Ph.D., professor of meteorology and earth and atmospheric sciences department chair, Saint Louis University.

Ball is excited that the panel discussion will include individuals from different spheres in business and academia, making for a multi-faceted discussion of the issue. “Humans have created and coped with their own crises for hundreds of years since the Industrial Revolution, so there is hope,” she remarked. “I’d like to energize people to talk about the issue.”

For more information on the March 15 event, contact Maryville University’s School of Education at 314-529-9486.

Maryville University, founded in 1872, is a private, coeducational institution offering approximately 50 undergraduate, seven master’s and two doctoral degree programs to 3,300 students. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges in the Midwest, Maryville University prepares its students for successful and meaningful careers by offering programs that integrate liberal arts with professional studies.

Among Maryville’s most recent graduates, 94 percent are employed or attending graduate school. Approximately 15,000 alumni work and live in the St. Louis region.