Davidson College Will Host Conference on "International Conservation
in the New Millennium"
Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
The conference begins on Sunday, September 24, with a talk on the state of the global environment by journalist and author Bill McKibben. McKibben will speak about "A Special Moment in History" beginning at 7 p.m. McKibben is the author of The End of Nature, the first book about climate change written for a general audience. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, McKibben is a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Values and Public Life at Harvard University.
Claude Martin, Director for the World Wildlife Fund International
Claude Martin's keynote lecture, "New Approaches to Environmental Issues and Conservation," will take place Tuesday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. Martin began his career with WWF in the early 1970's, studying the ecology of the threatened Baraingha deer in Kanha National Park in central India. From 1975 to 1978, he served as Director of Protected Areas in the western region of Ghana. Before joining WWF International, Martin was Director and Chief Executive Officer of WWF-Switzerland from 1980 to 1990. He served as Deputy Director General of WWF International from 1990 to 1993, when he was appointed director general.
Martin is the author of The Rainforests of West Africa, a comprehensive study examining the ecology, utilization and conservation of these forest areas.
Other conference events will be as follows:
September 25, 4 p.m.
Davidson College Associate Professor of Political Science Ken Menkhaus will moderate a discussion on "The End of Enforcement? Collaborating on an Environmental Agenda." Panelists will be Vicky Taylor, a consultant working with the Catawba River Keeper Program, Davidson alumnus Dan McLawhorn, general counsel for the N.C. Department of Environment & Natural Resources, and Linda Rimer, United States Environmental Protection Agency liaison to North and South Carolina.
September 25, 7 p.m.
Chuck McGrady, former president and current treasurer of the Sierra Club, will speak on, "Smart Growth or Urban Sprawl: the Asphalt Jungle and Landscapes Transformed." McGrady led the Sierra Club on campaigns to curb urban sprawl, preserve water and wetlands, and secure bipartisan Congressional support for strong environmental protections.
September 26, 4 p.m.
Associate Professor of English Annie Ingram will moderate a discussion on "Safeguarding Endangered Ecosystems and Species: Conservation and Traditional Societies." Panelists will be John Mason, executive director at the Nature Conservation Research Centre in Accra, Ghana; Jeff Dickison, senior biologist at the Natural Resources Department with the Squaxin Island Tribe in Washington; and Anacristina Rossi, author and environmental activist from San José, Costa Rica.
September 27, 12:30 p.m.
A lunch discussion with Secretary William Holman of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. His talk, entitled "North Carolina's Responsibility in Global Environment," will be followed by a discussion. A complimentary light buffet will be served.
September 27, 4 p.m.
Professor of economics Dave Martin will moderate a discussion on "Sustainable Development and the Environment: The Greening of Business." Panelists will be Rick Bunch, business education director at the World Resources Institute; John Schilling, senior economic advisor for The World Bank; and Jerry Taylor, director of Natural Resources Studies at the Cato Institute. 4:00 p.m. Chambers Gallery.
September 27, 7 p.m.
Anthony Janetos, senior vice president for World Resources Institute, will close the conference with his address, "The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change." He is a co-chair of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change. He also served as Senior Scientist for the Land-Cover and Land-Use Change Program in NASA's Office of Earth Science, and was Program Scientist for the Lands at 7 mission.
Davidson College's Dean Rusk Program in International Studies was inaugurated in 1985 and named in honor of former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk, a 1931 graduate of Davidson. Through sponsorship of programming on campus and scholarships to students for foreign travel, it serves to increase understanding of international issues at Davidson and in the neighboring community.
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