Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 14, 2002

Whitworth Hosts Population Expert for Lecture on Terrorism

Werner Fornos, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Population Institute, will deliver a public lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 26, in Seeley G. Mudd Chapel at Whitworth College.

An internationally recognized expert on world population issues, Mr. Fornos will speak on "Profile of a Terrorist: Population Pressures in the 21st Century."

"Whitworth and the Spokane community are fortunate to have someone of Mr. Fornos' stature and expertise on our campus to address a topic of such critical importance," says Lois Kieffaber, professor of physics at Whitworth. "Demographic and population trends play such an important role in the geopolitical and environmental issues we face. Understanding these trends must go hand-in-hand with our goodwill and creativity in addressing our national and global problems."

The Population Institute is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving a more equitable balance between the world's population, environment and resources. The institute has members in more than 174 countries.

Fornos has been president of the Population Institute for more than 20 years. He makes frequent national television and radio appearances and contributes to newspaper and magazine articles that have appeared in such national publications as The Baltimore Sun, Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Named one of the 100 most influential persons in development and environment by the New York-based Earth Times newspaper for the third consecutive year, Fornos is a multiple Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow; a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Maryland and, most recently, the recipient of the Order of Merit, the highest distinction granted by the German government to a non-German citizen in recognition of humanitarian efforts.

Fornos has dedicated his energies and talents to speaking to diverse audiences, from college students and civic organizations, to U.S. and U.N. officials - pressing for "rational solutions to the population problem."

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,100 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Lois Kieffaber, professor of physics, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4207 or lkieffaber@whitworth.edu.

Amanda Knox, media coordinator, Population Institute, (202) 544-3300 ext. 112 or media@populationinstitute.org.

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