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November 1, 2005
Contact: Alison Watkins, Graduate School & International Programs, (785) 864-6161.

Land Institute president to be speaker at International Education Week event

LAWRENCE -- Experts including University of Kansas graduate and MacArthur Fellow Wes Jackson will discuss how the developed and the developing worlds can work together to help create and maintain environmentally sustainable development at an International Education Week event later this month at KU.

The program, "People Speak 2005: Environmentally Sustainable Development: Working Together for People, Prosperity and Peace" is slated for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the Dole Institute of Politics.

Jackson, an environmental historian and president of the Land Institute in Salina, will be the keynote speaker. Other panelists are Garth Myers, professor of geography; Bill Woods, director of the Environmental Studies Program; and J. Christopher Brown, professor of geography. The event is sponsored by the Office of International Programs, Environmental Studies, the United Nations and Campus Compact.

"As we continue to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the impact that globalization and internationalization have on both local and the global environments and, in the opposite direction, the impact that environmental issues have on globalization, this is a timely topic, which it will remain for a long time," said Thomas Heilke, associate dean of International Programs. "We are pleased to be able to organize this kind of panel of knowledgeable participants for the university community and the larger Kansas community at the same time."

International Education Week is Nov. 14-18. Other events include:

  • Administrators including Senior Vice Provost Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett will talk at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Strong Hall Rotunda about international education at KU and the university receiving the Sen. Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.
  • "Stories, Songs and Skits from Not So Far Away," takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at Oread Books in the Kansas Union. KU students and faculty will entertain elementary school children while sharing their cultures.

For a complete International Education Week schedule, go to


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