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Colloquium to address 'Grand Challenges'

Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, 2008, various times Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall
"The Grand Challenges: Energy, Development and Global Health" is the theme of the sixth annual Princeton Colloquium on Public and International Affairs, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The colloquium will examine key issues that are being targeted by Princeton's Grand Challenges initiative, a joint effort by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs to tackle societal problems that cannot be solved by a single discipline.

Leading practitioners, academics and policymakers from a range of disciplines, backgrounds and countries will address causes and solutions related to issues such as global health and infectious disease; rural poverty, land use, biodiversity and water in Africa; energy, environment and security; and environmental justice.

The colloquium's sessions are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Julie Louise Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will deliver the keynote address on "Infectious Disease in the Age of Globalization" at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Panel topics will include "The Engaged Campus," "Energy, Climate and Security," "Eco-Friendly Development," "Antibiotic Resistance: When Drugs Don't Kill the Bugs" and "Environmental Justice."

The colloquium discussions will be webcast on the University Channel website and will be available on the site after the event. A final report highlighting the proceedings will be published after the event.

A full schedule and list of speakers is available on the colloquium website.

The colloquium is sponsored by the Wilson School, PEI, the School of Engineering, the Center for African American Studies, the Center for Health and Wellbeing, the University Center for Human Values, the Pace Center, the Policy Research Institute for the Region and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy.

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