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Environmental studies hosts guest speakers

Posted 05/17/05

UN official discusses development and security; Mt. Holyoke prof talks on GM foods

Dartmouth's Environmental Studies Program will host two speakers this week who will highlight important environmental issues with international significance. On Wednesday, May 18, Chaia Heller, a visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Mt. Holyoke College, will be on campus to discuss the French debate over genetically modified foods. On Friday, senior UN official Harris Gleckman will give a lecture on "the nexus between development and collective security."

Senior UN official Harris Gleckman (second from left)

Gleckman is the Chief of the New York Office of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He has worked in the UN system since the late 1980s to foster sustainable development with a focus on corporate environmental management. As chief of the New York UNCTAD office, Gleckman serves as a representative to the UN intergovernmental bodies. His visit to Dartmouth College is co-sponsored by the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding and the Environmental Studies Program.

His lecture will be held on Friday, May 20 from 12:30-1:30pm in Filene Auditorium.

Assistant professor of anthropology Chaia Heller

Heller's recent research in France traces the effects of a three-year campaign against genetically modified food by the French non-governmental organization Confederation Paysanne. She has looked at international networks of peasant farmers who are "reshaping the debate over agricultural biotechnology at the global level." Her visit to Dartmouth College is sponsored in part by The Rockefeller Center Faculty Workshop on Environment and Development; as well as the Environmental Studies Program.

Professor Heller's lecture, "In Defense of Taste:  'Quality Food Discourse' among French Farmers in the French Debate over GM Crops" will be held Wednesday May 18, 2005 in Filene Auditorium from 12:30pm to 1:35pm.

Both events are free and open to the public.

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