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IU Northwest hosts 16th Annual Public Service & Public Affairs Week

Environmentalist Dr. Allen Hershkowitz to speak April 5

As part of the program of its Public Service and Public Affairs Week, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and Political Science, and Pi Alpha Alpha will host Dr. Allen Hershkowitz’s lecture "Challenges to Urban Sustainability" as the keynote address on Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in Library Conference Center, room 110, IU Northwest, Gary, Ind. There will be a reception beginning at 5:30 pm and the public is invited to attend.

A former INFORM researcher, advisor to the World Bank, the U.N. and several Environmental Protection Agency boards, Dr. Hershkowitz is currently Senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He is also the author of "Bronx Ecology: Blueprint for a new Environmentalism," which chronicles his experience building a state-of-the-art paper recycling plant in the heart of the Bronx, where it was intended to recycle a major portion of New York City's wastepaper and produce environmentally beneficial jobs in the process. Currently, his projects include focusing on the paper industry by working to make it harder to destroy endangered forests for papermaking, and at the same, making it easier to build recycling plants in urban areas.

This lecture is one of several events planned during Public Affairs Week. In addition to Dr. Hershkowitz’s lecture, there will be a Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect Friday, April 7 beginning at 9 a.m. in The Savannah Center Auditorium at IU Northwest. State and local officials will give their perspectives on the problem of child abuse and neglect in Indiana.

Both the lecture and the forum are free and open to the public. For more information please contact Sandra Smith at 219-980-6695 or email



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