of protecting our enviroment, but we are often
less aware of how harmful the environment is that we
have already created around us. Paul Brodeur has
dedicated his energies to informing the public of such
dangers. A staff writer for The New Yorker since 1958,
Brodeur began focusing on medical and scientific
writing, especially on the public health threat posed by
asbestos, during the 1960s. Since then he has written
numerous articles and books warning the American
public about the health hazards of microwave and
radio frequency radiation and electromagnetic fields
given off by power lines, electric blankets, and video
display terminals. In 1989 the United Nations Environment Programme named Brodeur to its Global 500 Roll of Honour for his outstanding environmental achievements.
Brodeur graduated from Harvard in 1953 with a
bachelor's degree in English, and then joined the U.S.
Army Counterintelligence Corps. While at The New
Yorker, Brodeur has also taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the Boston University School of Public Communication, and the
University of California at San Diego.
Brodeur's nonfiction publications include Asbestos and
Enzymes (1972), Expendable Americans (1973), The Zapping of America: Microwaves, Their Deadly Risk, and the Coverup (1977), The Asbestos Hazard (1980), Outrageous Misconduct: The Asbestos
Industry on Trial (1985), and his most recent book, Currents of
Death: Power Lines, Computer Terminals, and the Attempt to
Cover Up Their Threat to Your Health (1989).
Mr. Brodeur's lecture is the seventh in the Athenaeum series called "Saving Our Environment." Please join us for the 5:30 reception, 6:00 dinner, and 7:00 p.m.
lecture and discussion by returning the enclosed reservation coupon.