Thursday 27 April 4:00pm
Environmental historian Stephen Pyne will deliver a keynote address titled "Fire: A Biography," as part of the April 19-28 What Fire Does conference. The trajectory of human civilization reached a pivotal point in history when humans learned to control fire. Pyne will discuss how humans' rise in the food chain was accelerated by the monopolization of fire as well as the geological threats humans have created in harnessing the power of combustion. A professor at Arizona State University, Pyne is the author of more than 30 books that largely focus on the history and management of wildlands and rural fires. The lecture will be live streamed. A poster session will precede the Pyne's talk. The event begins at 4 p.m. in the Building for Environmental Research and Teaching, Room 130, 85 Waterman St.