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Expert To Address Global Population

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, October 24, 2002

Werner Fornos, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Population Institute, will speak at Hudson Valley Community College at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 28. According to the Population Institute, the world's population is at 6.1 billion people, a number that is growing by 78 million each year, and Fornos will lecture on finding "rational solutions to the population problem."

The event, which is sponsored by Hudson Valley's Environmental Science program and the college's Environmental club, is open to the public. It will take place in the auditorium of the college's Bulmer Telecommunications Center. There is no charge.

The Population Institute is an international, educational, non-profit organization that seeks to reduce excessive population growth, and Fornos is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on global population issues. Fornos, who previously spent four years as a Maryland legislator, is a former Humanist of the Year recipient.

His articles have appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and he is the author of "Gaining People; Losing Ground." An honorary international relations professor at China's Sichuan University, Fornos has addressed virtually every major gathering on population dating back to 1974.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.