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Annual J. Bonner Ritchie Dialogue On Peace At UVU Explores Climate Change And Violence

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January 1, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807

Written by: Denise Windley (801) 234-0856

As we heat the planet, both direct and structural violence rise, too. Find out why, what a future without change promises, and what can be done to shift the patterns of destruction created by climate change at the annual J. Bonner Ritchie Dialogue on Peace and Justice conference March 21-22 at Utah Valley University.

UVU’s Peace & Justice Studies Department will bring together scholars and experts from campus and across the U.S. to discuss both the problems and solutions of climate change during the annual J. Bonner Ritchie Dialogue on Peace and Justice. This year’s conference, with the theme, “Climate Change and Violence: How Heating the Planet Creates Conflict and Death,” will be held in the UVU Library auditorium, room 120.

The conference will commence on March 21 with a presentation entitled “Human Development, Anthropogenic Climate Change, and the Demands of Peace and Justice,” at 8:30 a.m., by Michael Minch, who serves as director of Peace & Justice Studies and is a UVU associate professor of philosophy. Sustainable development expert Tariq Banuri, a professor with the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah and former director of the U.N. Division for Sustainable Development, will follow at 10 a.m. Banuri’s presentation is entitled “How to Integrate Climate Policy, Energy Access, and Sustainable Development.” At 11:30 a.m., Greg White, a professor at Smith College and director of the Global Studies Center, will tackle climate-related migration with his presentation, “Are Climate Refugees a Security Issue?: Unpacking the Debate and Its Implications.” Christian Parenti, an investigative journalist, author on climate change and faculty member at the SIT Graduate Institute, will speak on “Climate War” at 2:30 p.m. The day will wrap up with a panel discussion from 4 to 5:15 p.m.

The conference will culminate on March 22 with guest speaker Talaybek Kydyrov, the permanent representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations, and a screening of the award-winning documentary film, “The Island President.” Kydyrov’s presentation, entitled “Problems of Sustainable Development and Climate Change in Kyrgyzstan,” will begin at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., a free screening of “The Island President” will bring the two-day conference to a close. The film follows pro-democracy leader, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, during his first year in office, as he changes international events while confronting catastrophic climate change and a rising ocean threatening the survival of the small island nation. The film was awarded the Cadillac People’s Choice Documentary Award at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

Each spring, the Peace & Justice Studies program at UVU hosts the J. Bonner Ritchie Dialogue on Peace and Justice, bringing together scholars and practitioners involved in the most pertinent issues of our time. Previous Dialogues have focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, genocide, nuclear weapons, land mines, the war in Iraq, world hunger, immigration and borders, and hope.

For more information about this event, please contact Minch at 801-863-7482, or by e-mail at mminch@uvu.edu.

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About UVU

Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 30,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community school, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.

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