FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 28, 2005
Contact: Edmond McDavis III
MUW hosts Werner Fernos as part of Population Institute’s annual
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Werner Fornos, president of the Population Institute,
will speak at Mississippi University for Women on the topic of
“Population, Natural Resources and Conflicts in the Middle East” on
Tuesday, March 1 at 6 p.m.
Fornos’ speech is part of a weeklong educational trip to Mississippi for
the Population Institute’s annual Educate America Campaign.
This year’s speaking tour theme is “Population and Global Security” and
will cover a range of issues, including terrorism, illiteracy, teen
pregnancy, gender inequity, early marriage and HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Dr. Thomas Velek, MUW associate professor of history and International
Series director, said, “It is a great opportunity to have a person of
Werner Fornos' standing coming to MUW and speaking on such an important
topic. I am happy that the MUW International Series was able to
facilitate his visit. I hope the community of Columbus as a whole will
feel welcome to come to campus to take advantage of this opportunity.”
Fornos, an internationally recognized expert on global population
issues, was named winner of the 2003 United Nations Population Award.
He is only the third American to win the award since its inception.
Fornos’ presentation will be in Parkinson Hall, room 117.