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Release: April 10, 2000

UI hosts April 14-15 visit by renowned environmentalist

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will present a lecture titled "Green is the Maker's Favorite Color: The Environmental Legacy of Judeo-Christian Thought" by Calvin De Witt, professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 14 in Buchanan Auditorium of the John Pappajohn Business Building.

De Witt's UI activities will also include:

Friday, April 14 -- A geography department colloquium, "Successful Land Stewardship Policy at the Local Level: A Case Study of the Town of Dunn," 3:30 p.m. in Room C125 of Pappajohn.

Saturday, April 15 -- An hour-long nature walk beginning at 9:30 a.m., at Squire Point Trails, meeting at the Linder Point Campground parking lot, with registration available by calling (319) 341-0007.

All programs are free and open to the public.

De Witt's scholarly interests range from the study of reptiles in southern California deserts to investigating the swamps of Indonesia. A graduate of Calvin College and the University of Michigan, he is professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Environmental Studies and director of the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. Based upon biblical stewardship principles, the Institute offers environmental courses for college and university students at such diverse sites as northern Michigan, Puget Sound, the Chesapeake Bay, Kenya and southern India. In 1987, the work of the Institute was recognized with a Friends of the United Nations Environmental Achiever Award.

De Witt's April 14-15 UI visit, part of the of the Geneva Lecture Series, is being held in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. His visit is co-sponsored by the University Lecture Committee, the UI department of geography, the Ecumenical Ministries of Iowa and some twenty Iowa City churches and Christian student organizations.

Since 1976, the Geneva Lecture Series has brought nearly 50 nationally and internationally renowned speakers to the UI to address a wide range of important issues from a distinctively Christian or Judeo-Christian perspective. For more information, contact Jason Chen, director, Geneva Campus Ministry, 120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City, Iowa 52245, email geneva@blue.weeg.uiowa.edu or call 341-0007.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Jason Chen at either the phone number or e-mail address listed above.