CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release:Jan. 22, 2001
Lecture series begins Feb. 1 with focus on global environmental
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
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
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
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.