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Friday, September 4, 1998

National Geographic Assistant Editor Opens SSU's Fall Lecture Series

SALISBURY, MD--Not only is the new millennium important as a milestone of human progress, but it is also important because of the sheer numbers that it will welcome--nearly six billion human inhabitants of planet Earth.

The Salisbury State University 1998 fall lecture series, Beyond 2000: A Journey into the Millennium, will follow the National Geographics format of inquiry into six broad topics--Science, Exploration, Biodiversity, World Population, Physical World and Human Culture--that will be of universal concern to humanity in the next millennium.

Dr. Joel Swerdlow, assistant editor for the National Geographic, will introduce the series on Wednesday, September 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wicomico Room in the Guerrieri University Center on the SSU campus.

Swerdlow has more than 20 years experience as an author, editor, journalist, researcher and teacher. His work as a print journalist has been carried by most major American newspapers. He co-authored a nationally syndicated political column carried daily by over 100 newspapers, and his work is included the Best of the Washington Post. Magazines that have carried his articles include Harpers, National Geographic, Harvard Business Review, Columbia Journalism Review and Rolling Stone.

Swerdlow is the author and editor of seven books. He has also contributed to five textbooks now used at the secondary and post-secondary levels. His published work includes a novel and short stories. He served as a senior writer for U.S. News and World Report Books, and his work has been translated into over three dozen languages.

All presentations in the lecture series are free and open to the public. For more information about the series or for a complete listing of all events at Salisbury State this fall, please call the SSU public Relations Office at 410-543-6030 (

Beyond 2000: A Journey into the Millennium
Introduction of Series by Dr. Joel Swerdlow, assistant editor for the National Geographic, Wednesday, September 23, 7:30 p.m., Wicomico Room, Guerrieri University Center

Science, Dr. S. Gaylen Bradley, vice president of academic affairs at the University of Maryland Biotechnological Institute, Wednesday, September 30, 7:30 p.m., Wicomico Room, Guerrieri University CenterExploration, Daniel S. Goldin, head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Wednesday, October 7, 7:30 p.m., Holloway Hall AuditoriumBiodiversity, Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, counselor to the secretary for biodiversity and environmental affairs, Smithsonian Institution, Wednesday, October 21, Wicomico Room, Guerrieri University CenterWorld Population, Werner Fornos, president of the World Population Institute, Monday, October 26, 7:30 p.m., Wicomico Room, Guerrieri University CenterPhysical World, James Baker, chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 p.m., Wicomico Room, Guerrieri University CenterHuman Culture, Louisa Coan, senior program officer for Asia, National Endowment for Democracy, Wednesday, November 4,7:30 p.m., Wicomico Room, Guerrieri University Center

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