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Satellite Videoconference Explores Sustainable Future

PULLMAN, Wash. – “Pathways to a Sustainable Future” is the topic of a live satellite video conference to be broadcast by Washington State University, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Robert C. Gilman, director of the Context Institute, Bainbridge, Wash., and publisher of “In Context, A Journal of Hope, Sustainability, and Change,” will present the first Heinz Spielmann Memorial Lecture.

Gilman will draw from global experiences to explore essential changes – in ourselves, our communities, and our institutions – that could lead us to a humane and sustainable world.

Gilman received his doctorate in astrophysics from Princeton University and taught and did research at the University of Minnesota, the Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and served as a research associate at NASA’s Institute for Space Studies.

For the past two years he has worked with the International Union of Architects and the American Institute of Architects to develop strategies for bringing the American-built environment up to sustainable design standards.

He also has spoken to members of Vice President Al Gore’s “Reinventing Government” team on sustainability and cultural change, and is helping states and communities apply principles of sustainable development.

The lectureship was initiated by a gift from the Spielmann family in memory of the late Spielmann, a refugee from the Nazi occupation of Austria. He came to the United States in 1939 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He received his doctorate in agricultural economics from WSU in 1962. Professor Spielmann taught at Montana State University and at the University of Hawaii. He died in 1994.

The lecture will be telecast by satellite worldwide from the WSU Teleconference Center, Room T101, Food Science & Human Nutrition Building, Pullman campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Contact your local county extension office for information on local viewing sites. Or, if you have a satellite dish with a tunable antenna, call Colette DePhelps, (509) 335-0183 for satellite coordinate information.

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