Pitzer College to Host Earth Day Conference

CLAREMONT, Calif. (April 11, 2005) – Pitzer College will host an Earth Day conference from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the Broad Performance Space of the Edythe and Eli Broad Center.

The conference will deal with questions on sustainability and environmental issues at the global and national levels. It is designed to coincide with Earth Day celebrations and draw attention to the challenges of sustainable development, consumption and environmental degradations.

The conference features presentations by faculty and students from the Claremont Colleges and a keynote address by Lamont C. Hempel, Director/Hedco Chair of Environmental Studies at the University of Redlands. Faculty presentations will explore such topics as global warming, environmental policies (local and global), women and the environment, science and the environment, indigenous views of the environment, and development.

Research papers are not required for the conference. Participants need only present organized comments on key issues in their areas of specialty. The conference aims to share these observations and expose students and the public to these areas of environmental problems. Student participants will give presentations based on a field trip to the U.S.-Mexico border.

The event was organized by students and the instructor from International and Intercultural Studies 127: Environment and Development in the Third World and funded by the Campus Life Committee.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Professor Lako Tongun at (909) 607-3772 or Summer Espinoza of the Pitzer Dean of Faculty's office at (909) 607-3061.

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