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March 23, 2005

Population Growth Expert to Talk About 'Uncrowding Eden'

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Robert Engelman, whose work for an international advocacy group seeks to manage population growth through increased access to family planning services and the implementation of reproductive health policies, will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the Neilson Library Browsing Room, Smith College.

The title of Engelman’s talk mirrors that of his forthcoming book “Uncrowding Eden: Nature, Population and the Lives of Women.” Sponsored by Smith’s Project on Women and Social Change and the Population Program of the Sierra Club, the talk is free and open to the public.

As vice president for research at Population Action International (PAI), Engelman has written extensively on the connection between population and the environment, economy and civil conflict. He serves as a visiting lecturer at Yale University and chairs the board of the Center for a New American Dream, an organization working to reduce consumption of natural resources in North America. A former newspaper reporter and a founding member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, Engelman has written for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe.

Population Action International is an independent advocacy group working to strengthen public awareness and political and financial support worldwide for population programs grounded in individual rights. By advancing universal access to family planning and related health services and to educational and economic opportunities, the organization hopes to improve the lives of individual women and their families while slowing population growth and preserving the environment.
For additional information, call Anita King at (413) 268-9212.

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