WRITER: MANSI BHATIA
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Sept. 18, 2002
International Mondays series begins Sept. 23 with David Osterberg
Bringing the European Union (EU) energy policy to Iowa will be the key theme
in David Osterberg's lecture Monday, Sept. 23 from noon to 1 p.m. in the International
Center Lounge. This event, which is free and open to the public, is the kickoff
for the 2002-03 International Mondays' lecture series. Light refreshments
will be served.
Osterberg is associate clinical professor in the department of occupational
and environmental health at the University of Iowa where he teaches classes
in environmental health policy. He has also taught at Dalarna Provincial University
in Borlänge, Sweden, and Cornell College in Mount Vernon.
In summer 2002, Osterberg and some of his colleagues went on a four-week
solar bicycle educational tour throughout Northern Europe. The "Green
Bikers" have collected information on global climate change and how European
countries are combating it. He will talk about how a bicycle tour like his
can help change energy policy in Iowa, and what role citizens can play in
influencing government policy decisions on such issues.
Osterberg consults regularly on energy and natural resources issues. He
has appeared as an expert witness for consumer groups, environmental groups
and small businesses in contested cases before state public utility commissions
in eight states and before the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
During 12 years in the Iowa General Assembly, Osterberg served as chairman
of the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection, (1991-1992)
and chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, (1987-1990). He was the
Democratic Party candidate for U.S. Senator in 1998. During 1999 and 2000,
he consulted for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on global climate
change and renewable energy.
Osterberg is also executive director of the Iowa Policy Project (IPP), an
organization founded in the summer of 2000 to produce and disseminate research
on a broad set of issues of importance to the citizens of Iowa. IPP is a non-profit
and non-partisan organization that engages scholars at Iowa's public and private
colleges and universities to produce sound, independent research.
The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs
and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions
with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are
usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge
or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception
of holidays and breaks.
For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, call
Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.
UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree
programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under
the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs,
these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community
and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.