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Nov. 1, 1996

Father of the pill kicks off world affairs institute

by Anne Dolan
The 1996 Institute on World Affairs will address cultural and ethical issues related to population, development and human rights. The institute opens Sunday, Nov. 3, and concludes Thursday, Nov. 7. All sessions are in the Memorial Union.

Carl Djerassi, professor of chemistry at Stanford University and so-called "father of the birth control pill," will give the keynote address at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Sun Room. His address is titled "Where's the Pill for Men and other Complaints."

In addition to developing the first steroid used effectively for birth control, Djerassi developed antihistamines, synthesized cortisone and founded one of the first environmentally aware pesticide companies. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Ames native Holly Burkhalter will speak on "Economic Rights and the Future of International Human Rights" at 8 p.m. Thursday in the South Ballroom. Burkhalter is the director of advocacy for Human Rights Watch, a private human rights research and monitoring organization, and runs the group's Washington, D.C., office. Previously, she staffed the U.S. House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Human Rights and International Organizations. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and Legal Times.

At noon Monday, Nov. 4, Diane Dillon Ridgely, board president of Zero Population Growth, will talk about the impact of the international women's movement on the development agenda. Her address is in the Pioneer Room.

Ridgely serves as co-chair of the population and consumption task force, a subset of President Bill Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development.

At noon Wednesday, also in the Pioneer Room, Denis Goulet will speak on population, consumption and sustainable development. Goulet, a pioneer in the study of development ethics, is the O'Neil Professor in Education for Justice at the University of Notre Dame.

Julian Simon, a faculty member at the University of Maryland, will give a talk titled "More People, Greater Wealth, More Resources, Healthier Environment" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Pioneer Room. Simon has studied population and immigration economics for more than 25 years. His books include Population Matters, The Economics of Population Growth, Population and Development in Poor Countries and The State of Humanity.

For a complete schedule of institute events, see the Events calendar on the ISU homepage.

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