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Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Fornos Inaugurates Futurism Cultural Event Series Feb. 2

SALISBURY, MD---United Nations 2003 Population Award winner Werner Fornos inaugurates Salisbury University’s Spring Futurism Cultural Event Series with a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, February 2, in Holloway Hall Auditorium. The president of the Population Institute in Washington, D.C., Fornos speaks on balancing future populations with environmental for a better tomorrow. Between 1900 and 1998, the Earth’s population tripled to some 5.9 billion. By 2050, that number is expected to reach some 9.3 billion with much of the growth expected in less developed areas. Fornos is a frequent national and international speaker often cited in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Christian Science Monitor and San Francisco Chronicle among others. He is the author of Gaining People, Losing Ground and the internationally released report “1997 World Population Overview.” Fornos is among 50 named to the Earth Times’ Hall of Fame for his contributions to the environment during the 1990s. He was also named a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International and Humanist of the Year by the American Humanist Association. The German government recently presented him with the Order of Merit for his humanitarian efforts. A popular speaker at campuses across the country, he has been praised for illuminating facts and numbers with personal experiences to create a unique and engaging perspective. Prior to joining the Institute in 1978 he was an assistant professor at George Washington, where he headed the Global Population Information Program. He also served as a management consultant on family planning for Tunisia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Mexico, the Philippines, Indonesia, China, Sri Lanka and Kenya. A Maryland state legislator from 1966 to 1970, Fornos has held administrative posts in state and national government. A University of Maryland College Park alumnus, he was recently named its Alumnus of the Year. The Population Institute is the world’s largest independent non-profit educational organization dedicated exclusively to achieving a more equitable balance between the world’s population, environment and resources. Established in 1969, the Institute has members in 172 countries. The Office of Cultural Affairs and Museum Programs sponsors Fornos’ lecture. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at

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