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Monday, October 16, 2017
7:00–8:30 p.m.


Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom, Ruth S. Harley University Center

No Impact Man Lecture by Colin Beavan, Ph.D.

Colin Beavan

Colin Beavan’s writing, speaking, consulting and activism have encouraged tens of thousands of people to examine their lives to discover what’s really important to them. The resulting “transformative adjustments” that people make allow them to live more in line with their true values and aspirations, both for their own lives and the world. It is Colin’s mission to wake people up, on both individual and collective levels, to ways of life and doing business that are healthier and happier for individuals, for our society, and for our world.

Beavan is among the world’s best known spokespeople on environmental issues, consumerism and human quality of life. He was called “one of the ten most influential men” by MSN, an “eco-illuminator” by Elle magazine, a “best green ambassador” by, and his blog was selected as one of the top 15 environmental blogs by Time magazine. He has spoken at and consulted to the hippest of brands–from eBay to CliffBar, from Northface to Ideo–and has been invited to speak everywhere from California to the Czech Republic. Colin’s work has been the subject of stories in The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde and hundreds of other national and international news outlets. Beavan has appeared on The Colbert Report, Good Morning America, Nightline and countless other TV and radio shows.

Beavan’s latest book, How to Be Alive: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness that Helps the World, was published in January 2016. No Impact Man is required reading on over 100 American college campuses at last count. It has been translated into 15 languages. His documentary film, also called No Impact Man, was featured at Sundance and has been shown in theaters and on TV around the world. Some 50,000 people have been through No Impact Week, an immersive educational experience run by his non-profit.

Beavan is the executive director of the No Impact Project, the author of the book and the subject of the documentary No Impact Man, a “Messenger,” a dharma teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen, and a board member of Transportation Alternatives. He was the Green Party’s candidate for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in the 2012 electoral race for New York’s 8th Congressional district. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool and is the author of two books previous to No Impact Man.

Since he rose to prominence, Beavan’s writing, speaking, and activism have encouraged hundreds of thousands of people, businesses, colleges and governments to discover ways of operating that are better for themselves, for their communities and for the world. It is Beavan’s mission to wake people up, on an individual and collective level, to ways of life and doing business that are healthier and happier for individuals, for our society, and for our world.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come first-served basis. A question session will be offered after the lecture.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Sponsored by Adelphi Community Reads.

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