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Author Paul Bogard discusses "The End of Night" at RU

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Paul Bogard is an author and professor of English at James Madison University.

Author and educator Dr. Paul Bogard will visit Radford University to read from his new book, “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light.”

The program, sponsored by the RU Scholar-Citizen Initiative, is free and open to the public. It will take place in Hurlburt Student Center 248 on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

The book chronicles Bogard’s quest to find natural darkness, a task complicated by the preponderance of light pollution that covers many parts of the world.  According to Bogard, a professor of English at James Madison University, light pollution wastes money and energy and can harm human health and natural ecosystems.

“Astronomers say that 99 percent of the people living in the continental United States or western Europe no longer experience a truly dark night,” Bogard said. Many people can count the stars they see on a few hands, but on a truly dark night there should be around 2500 stars in view.

The Scholar-Citizen program supports Radford University’s institutional mission of fostering the development of “mature, responsible citizens” by preparing students to put their intellectual skills to work for the public good. Through integration of classroom and co-curricular learning opportunities, Scholar-Citizen experiences attend to the whole student, helping them develop records of achievement in the areas of public service, leadership, and applied research.

Radford University is a comprehensive public university of more than 9,900 students. RU serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation through a wide range of academic, cultural, human service, and research programs. Well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, innovative use of technology in the learning environment and vibrant student life on a beautiful 191-acre American classical campus, Radford University offers students many opportunities to get involved and succeed in and out of the classroom. The university offers 69 degree programs at the undergraduate level, and 21 master's programs and three doctoral programs at the graduate level. A Division I member of the NCAA and Big South Athletic Conference, Radford participates in 19 varsity sports—11 for women and eight for men. Since 2005, the university has secured approval and funding for nearly $300 million in capital projects, including both new construction and renovation.

Learn more about Radford University at www.radford.edu.

Oct 14, 2013
Dan Waidelich
(540) 831-7749