Are New Yorkers stewards of nature or lords of nature? On April 23, 2015 at 1:30 PM, Dr. Robert Spiegelman will present "Cooling Mother Earth: New York's Footprint in Nature, Then and Now," a vivid lecture and multimedia presentation that probes this question. Revisiting key moments in the Empire State's development - especially its Indian, infrastructure, and conservation legacies - Dr. Spiegelman links them to today's environmental crises. To find answers, he unearths the hidden roots of New Yorkers' conflicting views of nature, development, and civilization - both then and now.
Dr. Robert Spiegelman, president of Real-View Media, LLC is a sociologist, multimedia artist, and writer who presents widely on New York, Iroquois, Irish, and environmental themes. The founder of SullivanClinton.com and Derryveagh.com, Dr. Spiegelman revisits hidden histories that link past and present and foster indigenous values of peace, democracy, and nature-in-balance. A college teacher for 12 years, he holds a Doctorate in Sociology from CUNY Graduate Center and teaches it at several CUNY campuses.