The Barry Commoner Lecture on the Environment was established at Marymount Manhattan College through the generosity of Richard S. Berry and Lucy A. Commoner. These gifts have also created The Commoner Fund for Environmental Studies at the College. Barry Commoner was a prominent environmental scientist, widely known as a writer and lecturer on the relationship between environmental and energy problems and public policy.
Future and Past Commoner Lectures
February 2, 2020
On Tuesday, March 10, Timon McPhearson, Ph.D., Director of the Urban Systems Lab and Associate Professor of Urban Ecology at The New School, will deliver the 2020 Barry Commoner Lecture on the Environment.
January 18, 2019
On Tuesday, March 12, 2:30-3:30pm, Emma J. Rosi, Ph.D., Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, will deliver the 2019 Barry Commoner Lecture on the Environment.
March 14, 2018
On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Marymount Manhattan College held the 41st Annual Honors Day Colloquium.
February 13, 2018
Leading UCLA climate scientist and author of The World in 2050, will deliver the Barry Commoner Lecture titled, Climate Change: The New North, on March 13, 2018
April 24, 2017
On Friday, April 21st, Dr. Robert Bullard – often called the “Father of Environmental Justice” – delivered the 2017 Barry Commoner Lecture on the Environment to an enthusiastic crowd in the Theresa Lang Theatre.
January 4, 2016
Urban revitalization expert and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster Majora Carter will deliver the 2016 Barry Commoner Lecture on the Environment, titled Home(town) Security.
January 29, 2015
Carl Safina, acclaimed scientist/author and President of the Safina Center at Stony Brook University, will deliver the 2015 Barry Commoner Lecture on the Environment, titled Caught in the Same Net: The Ocean and Us.
December 17, 2013
Alex Steffen is the thinking-person’s optimist. His inspiring, provocative talks about our future pack houses around the world. Whether explaining humanity’s best solutions (in Worldchanging), imagining the opportunities to be found in climate-neutral cities (in Carbon Zero), or sharing breakthrough insights into the powerful forces now driving worldwide change (in the forthcoming Planetary), Steffen, as The New York Times states, “lays out the blueprint for a successful century.”
March 6, 2013
The Barry Commoner Environmental Lecture Series was established at Marymount Manhattan College through the gifts from the husband and wife team of Richard S. Berry and Lucy A. Commoner. These gifts have also created The Commoner Fund for Environmental Studies at the College. Barry Commoner, who recently passed away in September 2012, was a prominent environmental scientist, widely known as a writer and lecturer on the relation between environmental and energy problems and public policy.
March 23, 2012
New York, N.Y. – On March 21, prize-winning environmental journalist Andrew C. Revkin delivered the first Barry Commoner Environmental Lecture, “Nine Billion People Plus One Planet Equals?,” at Marymount Manhattan College in the Great Hall. His lecture provided solutions to making the world’s anticipated spike in population by the year 2050 livable for the future. In his optimistic view, Revkin suggested an exploration of ways in which colleges can foster progress on a finite planet, including using technology in more creative ways to communicate environmental standards worldwide.