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   from the issue of July 26, 2007

Scientists, activists comprise Thompson Forum schedule


National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore will give the first lecture in the 2007-08 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues.

The year's theme is "Changing Nature," and the slate of speakers will explore a cross-section of themes related to the science and politics of environmentalism. Sartore's lecture begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

All Thompson Forum lectures are free and open to the public. New this year, free tickets will be required for all lectures. Tickets are available at the Nebraska Union, Westfield Gateway or the Lied Center ticket office, 472-4747. A mail form is available on the Thompson Forum's Web site, Each forum begins at 7 p.m.

Other lecturers in the forum's 20th season are Sunita Narain, director of the Centre for Science and Environment in Delhi, India (Nov. 12); Amory Lovins, cofounder, chairman and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute (Feb. 12); Richard Cizik, aka the "Green Evangelist," vice president for governmental affairs, National Association of Evangelicals (Feb. 25); and William K. Reilly, president and CEO, Aqua International Partners (April 22).

An addition to the Thompson Forum schedule this year is the Charles and Linda Wilson Dialogue on Domestic Issues. Through a moderated debate, the Wilson Dialogue will explore varying viewpoints of an issue with impact on Nebraska and the world. Ethanol is the topic for the inaugural dialogue Oct. 15 and its speakers are Douglas Durante and Jerry Taylor.

The forum is a cooperative project of the Cooper Foundation, the Lied Center and UNL. Its mission is promoting better understanding of world events and issues. The series is named in honor of E.N. "Jack" Thompson (1913-2002), a 1933 graduate of the University of Nebraska, who served as president of the Cooper Foundation.

Thompson Forum

Joel Sartore (Sept. 13)

"Grounded: A Reflection on the Use of Life and Land"

A native Nebraskan, Sartore began his career with the National Geographic Society in 1991. Since then, he has completed 17 stories for National Geographic magazine, all focusing on natural history and wildlife. Sartore has been recognized for his work by the National Press Photographers Association, the Inland Daily Press Association, and the Pictures of the Year International contest. In addition to appearing in National Geographic, Sartore's photographs have also run in Audubon, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and Time magazines, and in numerous books.

Douglas Durante and Jerry Taylor (Oct. 15)

Wilson Dialogue -"Ethanol: Fueling Debate"

Durante, has been working in the fields of energy, transportation, and the environment since 1977, is the executive director and Washington representative of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, a nonprofit organization he helped found in 1987. The coalition works to support renewable alcohols and has a broad-based membership, including automotive, agricultural, and other alternative energy interests. Taylor is the most widely cited and influential right-of-center critic of federal energy and environmental policy in the nation. Taylor has served on numerous congressional advisory bodies and has testified on Capitol Hill on energy and environmental policy.

Sunita Narain (Nov. 12)

"Changing Nature in an Unequal World"

In addition to serving as director of the Centre for Science and Environment in Delhi, Narain is also director of the Society for Environmental Communications and publisher of the magazine "Down To Earth." Since joining the Centre for Science and Environment in 1982, she has worked to analyze and study the relationship between the environment and development, and to create public consciousness about the need for sustainable development.

Amory Lovins (Feb. 12)

Lewis E. Harris Lecture on Public Policy - "Winning the Oil Endgame"

Lovins is the cofounder, chairman, and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute. A MacArthur Fellow and consultant physicist, Lovins has advised the energy industry as well as the U.S. departments of Energy and Defense for more than three decades. Published in 29 books and hundreds of papers, his work in more than 50 countries has been recognized by many honorary doctorates, memberships, and awards.

Richard Cizik (Feb. 25)

"For God's Sake"

Cizik is vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals. His primary responsibilities include setting the association's policy direction on issues before Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court, as well as serving as a national spokesman on issues of concern to evangelicals. A conservative both politically and religiously, Cizik is on a mission to convert millions of Americans to the cause of conservation, using a right-to-life framework and spreading the doctrine of "creation care" to evangelical Christians.

William K. Reilly (April 22)

"Corporate Environmentalism - Bridging the Communications Gap"

Reilly is president and chief executive officer of Aqua International Partners, an investment group that finances the purification of water and wastewater in developing countries and invests in projects and companies that serve the water sector. He served as the first Payne visiting professor at Stanford University's Institute for International Studies and lectured on the challenges to the global community. From 1989 to 1993, he served as the seventh administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to becoming EPA administrator, he held five environment-related positions over two decades.



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