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Peter H. Gleick, co-founder and president of Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security, will deliver Lafayette’s annual John and Muriel Landis Lecture 8 p.m. today in the Oechsle Hall auditorium (room 224).

The event is free and open to the public.

Gleick is an internationally recognized expert on global freshwater resources, including the hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, privatization and globalization, and international conflicts over water resources.

“Those attending will learn more about the importance of water in international affairs and gain an understanding of some of the forthcoming issues,” says David Veshosky, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Lafayette and chair of the A.B. engineering program.

Gleick serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations and was elected an Academician of the International Water Academy, in Oslo, Norway. He received a MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Fellowship for research on global climate change, water, and international security. The author of many scientific papers and four books, he also was appointed to the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

Gleick received a B.S. from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley.

Founded in 1987, Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security is an independent, nonprofit center for research and policy analysis in the areas of environment, sustainable development, and international security. The institute strives to improve policy through science-based research and dialogue with action-oriented groups from the international to local level.

Established by Trustee Emeritus John Landis, a member of Lafayette’s Class of 1939, the Landis Lectureship focuses on issues of technology and international cooperation. Previous Landis lecturers include author Isaac Asimov; television journalist and former Texas state district judge Catherine Crier; B. Gentry Lee, space-systems engineer and science fiction novelist; and Alden Meyer, director of government relations for the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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