Webster University to Hold Human Right to Food & Water Conference Feb. 12 & 13

Webster University invites you to attend The Human Right to Food & Water Conference on Feb. 12 and 13 in the Emerson Library Conference Room, 101 Edgar Road, Webster Groves, Mo. The free conference is part of the Year of International Human Rights 2009-10: The Right to Food & Water, which is focusing on important human rights issues associated with food and water.

The conference is being led by Webster’s 2010 E. Desmond Lee Professor for Global Awareness, Márcio Dionísio de Souza, a Brazilian expert on climate change, energy efficiency and sustainability. Souza will also speak at the conference.

The conference will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Refreshments will be served both days; attendees will be on their own for Friday lunch.

In addition to Souza, Friday speakers are as follows: Bryan Duncan, Director Emeritus, International Center for Aquaculture and Aquatic Environments, College of Agriculture, Auburn University, and Professor Emeritus, Auburn’s Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures; Gil Garcetti, Professional photographer and former District Attorney of Los Angeles County, whose latest book is Water Is Key (2007); and George Kent, Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaii, whose most recent book is Global Obligations for the Right to Food (2008). Webster University students also will present on Friday.

Saturday speakers include Gillian Sorenson, Senior Advisor, United Nations Foundation; Jeffrey DePew, Adjunct Professor, Webster University Department of Biological Sciences; Elizabeth Kucinich, Director of Public Affairs, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and wife of Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich; and Michael Hopkins, CEO and Chairman of MHC International Ltd., a research and service company promoting corporate social responsibility.

Learn more about or register for the conference at the Web site, www.webster.edu/foodandwater, or by calling 314-968-6997. Registration is encouraged but not necessary.