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Release:Jan. 22, 2001

Lecture series begins Feb. 1 with focus on global environmental theme

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Distinguished scholars and environmentalists from the Czech Republic, India and Nicaragua will visit the University of Iowa campus this spring to discuss "A Challenge for the 21st Century: Economic Development and Environmental Protection."

Their talks are part of the International Programs' Distinguished Lecture Series, which kicks off with a lecture by Ricardo Alvarado, a prominent Nicaraguan environmentalist, Thursday, Feb.1. Alvarado will speak on "Challenges of Green Science and Technology in Developing Countries: The Case of Nicaragua" at 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) on the UI campus. The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Alvarado will focus on the challenges of environmentally friendly science and technology in developing countries, particularly in his home country of Nicaragua. As the world becomes increasingly globalized, there are many fundamental questions concerning the environment and economic development. Alvarado will explore these issues and discuss the contribution of green science and technology and how it relates to problems such as food and water supplies. He will offer different solutions for overcoming the increasing damages of global changes.

Alvarado is former director and current adviser of the Institute for Small and Medium Enterprise Development (INPYME) in Nicaragua. He has been dean of chemical engineering at the National University of Nicaragua. Alvarado is currently serving as a member of Nicaragua's diplomatic corps in Finland, his wife's home country. He has particular interest in micro-enterprises and the role of science and technology in developing countries.

The series is coordinated by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council with support from UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization. All of the lectures are free and open to the public.

UI programs, departments and centers co- sponsoring the series include: Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, and Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, Global Studies, Latin American Studies, South Asian Studies, and Global Health Studies.

The series continues throughout the semester, and all lectures will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the IMU Terrace Room. Upcoming dates and speakers are:

March 22: Leo Saldanha will speak on "Globalization, Environment and Freedom: An Indian Perspective." Saldanha works with Environmental Support Group in Bangalore, India. He is a researcher, analyst and activist working for more than a decade with local groups in raising critical concerns about the physical and social costs of large-scale industrialization in environmentally sensitive areas.

April 12: Bedrich Moldan will speak on "Environmental Challenges to Central and Eastern European Economies in Transition." Moldan is the director of the Environment Center and professor of environmental studies at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. He is the current chairman of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.

For more information about any of these lectures or for special accommodations to participate in this program, call the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council at (319) 335-0351.

Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.