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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Keynote Speaker: James Howard Kunstler

Thursday, March 26 - 7:00PM to 8:30PM
International Ballroom

James Howard Kunstler is an American author, social critic, and blogger who is perhaps best
known for his book The Geography of Nowhere, a history of suburbia and urban development
in the United States. His latest nonfiction book, The Long Emergency, is about the challenges
posed by the global oil crisis, climate change, and other "converging catastrophes of the 21st
Century." His latest work of fiction is World Made By Hand, a story set in America's post-oil
future, published in 2008.
Kunstler has long been recognized as a fierce proponent of New Urbanism and strident
critic of sprawl and the excesses of automobile culture. He believes that we must create
more sustainable communities and advocates for walkable towns, major investments in public
transit and greater support of local agriculture.
Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. After graduating from the State University
of New York, Brockport campus, he worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number
of publications, including Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1975, he dropped out to write books,
including fiction, on a full-time basis.


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