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October 21, 2004

Environmentalist to deliver annual Hopper Lecture

An international environmentalist who has headed many dam-related campaigns will deliver the 12th Hopper Lecture on International Development Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in War Memorial Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Patrick McCully, campaigns director of the International Rivers Network, an organization that supports local communities working to protect their rivers and watersheds, will speak on “Should International Advocacy NGOs Shut Up?”

Born in Northern Ireland, McCully is a member of the Steering Committee of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) dam and development project and of the UNEP dams and development forum. He’s the author of Silenced Rivers: The Ecology and Politics of Large Dams, co-author of Imperiled Planet and The Road to Rio: An NGO Action Guide to Environment and Development, and has written several articles and reports on issues related to dams, water and energy policies and climate change.

He has dedicated much time and energy to supporting the struggle against dams on the Narmada River in India and is an advisory board member of two Indian organizations, the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People and the Manthan Research Centre.

McCully has a bachelor of arts in archaeology and anthropology from the University of Nottingham, England.

The Hopper Lecture is supported through an endowment from the International Development Research Centre.

McCully will also be on campus Oct. 25 meeting with U of G students and faculty. For more information, contact Isobel Lander, Centre for International Programs, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56904.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Rachelle Cooper, Ext. 56982.

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