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Global Studies Launches Lecture Series

Environmental Policy Expert to Lecture at UCR on Oct. 15

Adrienne Alvord, a key player in California’s adoption of greenhouse gas bill, will kick off UC Riverside’s Global Studies Speaker Series.

(October 3, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (— Adrienne Alvord, who helped craft California’s landmark legislation to reduce greenhouse gases, will discuss “Interesting Times: Creating Climate Policy in California” at UC Riverside on Monday, Oct. 15, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in HMNSS 1500.

Alvord’s discussion of how California has become a national and global leader in creating environmental policy will launch the Global Studies Speaker Series, sponsored by the Global Studies Program, which is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. This year’s theme is “Global Professions, Global Action.”

The lecture series will bring distinguished speakers from a variety of professions to talk about how their professions have become more global, said Susan Ossman, professor of anthropology and global studies. Future speakers will include human rights activists and leaders in the global music industry.

“Students want to see the relationship between their studies and what they can do in real-world professions and public policy,” Ossman said.

Alvord was a state Assembly staff member who played a crucial role last year in the creation and passage of AB 32. Beginning Oct. 8 she will be the director of governmental affairs for Amyris Biotechnologies, a startup biotech company engaged in research leading to the development of biofuels and novel pharmaceuticals, such as an affordable treatment for malaria.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Visitors should park in Lot 1. Parking is $6 for an all-day pass.

For more information contact Susan Ossman.



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