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Activities honor World Food Day
Center for International Studies holds forum and teleconference marking worldwide event

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 11, 2006) -- Ohio University's Center for International Studies will host two activities in conjunction with World Food Day, an international event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-around action to alleviate hunger. The activities include:

  • A lecture titled "Food Security: The Impact of Genetically Modified Crops" by Art Trese, associate professor of environmental and plant biology at Ohio University. This event, which will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in Bentley Hall room 124, is free and open to the public. The International Studies Forum will host the event.

  • The World Food Day teleconference, "Power of the People: Bottom-up Solutions to Hunger." The satellite program, hosted in Reuters' Washington studios, will present a panel discussion on grassroots activism and seek to address the hunger crisis. Students, faculty and community members are invited to participate in the teleconference, which runs from noon to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, in the Yamada International House seminar room. The discussion will be hosted by Ray Suarez, PBS senior correspondent of the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

World Food Day marks the 1945 founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. It is held each Oct. 16 and is observed in more than 150 countries.

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Media Contact: Assistant Director of Communication for the Center for International Studies Jennifer Cochran, 740-593-1842 or cochraj1@ohio.edu

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