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Author David Zierler Discusses the Invention of Ecocide May 6

Date Released: 5/3/2011

The Purchase History Club & the History Board of Study present a talk by U.S. Department of State Historian David Zierler about the movement to ban herbicidal warfare. Free. May 6 at 2 PM in the Red Room. Details.

As the public increasingly questioned the war in Vietnam, a group of American scientists grew deeply concerned about the use of Agent Orange and other herbicides and started a movement to ban what they called “ecocide.”


Author David Zierler discusses this effort to stop altering the world’s ecology for the worse in his talk: The Invention of Ecocide: Agent Orange, Vietnam, and The Scientists Who Changed The Way We Think About The Environment. 


The author will sign copies of his book following the talk.