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Odyssey Announces Spring 2008 Events

Hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and based on the 2007-08 theme of “The Leadership Imperative: A Mandate for Social Responsibility,” Odyssey continues its spring 2008 events on Thursday, April 10, with guest speaker Thoric Cederstrom, an expert in sustainable agriculture and food security, who will speak on “Malnutrition at the Margin: The Political Ecology of Global Hunger.”

Currently, some 820 million people in the world suffer hunger from not getting enough protein and energy to eat.Another 2 billion are unable to meet their daily requirements for vitamins and minerals, leading to a host of micronutrient-related diseases and deficiencies.Yet, globally, there exist enough food resources to meet protein-energy requirements and enough financial resources to produce sufficient micronutrients.The event will take place at 11 a.m. in the Karl W.E. Anatol Conference Room (AS-110).

Other upcoming Odyssey events include a speech by Jenny Price, writer, environmental historian and author of Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America, who will discuss "Beyond Light Bulbs: Forging a New Environmentalism on the L.A. River," on Monday, April 14, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Psychology Building, room 150 (PSY-150)

On Monday, April 21, Eric Higgs, a professor in and director of the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, will discuss "Restoration and Reinhabitation: Finding Place in a Technological Culture," beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Psychology Building, room 150 (PSY-150).

Two other lecturers will give presentations on the CSULB campus as part of the Odyssey events: Robert Michael Pyle and Lisa Sullivan. Pyle, who is scheduled to speak on Wednesday, April 23, at 3:30 p.m. in the Karl W.E. Anatol Conference Room (AS-110), founded the Xerces Society for invertebrate conservation and later headed its Monarch Project. He has worked as a butterfly conservation consultant for Papua, New Guinea, and as a Northwest Land Steward for The Nature Conservancy. In 1997, Pyle received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology. He is a professional writer, with 12 published books and hundreds of papers, essays, stories and poems.

On Thursday, May 1, at 11 a.m. (venue to be determined), Lisa Sullivan will make a presentation about her work as a human rights and School of the Americas (SOA) Watch Group activist. The former Maryknoll lay missioner worked in Bolivia and Venezuela for over 20 years. She heads the Latin American Project of SOA Watch, which seeks to shut down the School of Americas, recently renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, a U.S. Army training school that trains soldiers and military personnel from Latin American countries in subjects like counter-insurgency, military intelligence, and counter-narcotics operations. SOA graduates have used their skills to wage wars against their own people.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. Seating availability is first come, first seated. Please note that dates/times/venues for Odyssey events are subject to change.

For further information, contact Rachel Brophy, student programs coordinator, at 562/985-4546.