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Book Launch: The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment

Human beings have harnessed culture and technology to become the most dominant animals on Earth, said Paul Ehrlich at a September 18, 2008, launch of his new Island Press book, The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment, but "we're really backward ethically—in terms of how we treat each other and … the environment.

Freedom: A Power for Environmental Stewardship

Secretary Gale Norton said the United States must harness innovation, ingenuity, and community spirit to care for its air, water, and wildlife. Speaking at a June 8 Director's Forum, Norton said freedom—combined with private property rights and respect for the rule of law—creates an atmosphere conducive to environmental cooperation and security.

Experts Discuss "World in the Balance"

On April 8, the Environmental Change and Security Project hosted a preview screening of stories from NOVA's Earth Day episode "World in the Balance," which will premiere on April 20 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings to confirm date and time). The screening was followed by a panel discussion with Paula S. Apsell, senior executive producer of NOVA; Lester R.

New Applications for Existing Technologies to Improve Maternal Health

With rising use in the developing world, cell phones and mobile technologies can create "connected and coordinated health systems that save more lives," said Josh Nesbit, executive director of FrontlineSMS: Medic. Capitalizing on these new technologies could increase efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and efficacy of public health programs.

Book Discussion: Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution;and How It Can Renew America

"America has lost its groove," argued New York Times foreign affairs columnist and bestselling author Thomas Friedman at a September 29, 2008, discussion of his new book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How it Can Renew America, sponsored by the Wilson Center's Division of International Security Studies and Environmental Change and Security P

Iraqi Women Leaders in Engineering and Applied Sciences

Three Iraqi women scientist fellows with the Iraqi Women's Fellowship Foundation (IWFF), visiting the U.S. for the 2010-2011 academic year, spoke of their experiences in the U.S. as visiting scholars, their education in Iraq, and what they hope to bring to Iraq upon their return from the United States.

New Media and Political Change in Egypt: Causes, Implications and Communication Strategies

As part of the series on recent developments in Egypt, Sahar Mohamed Khamis, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland, discussed the causes, implications, and role of new communication strategies in the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

On March 30, the Middle East Program hosted a meeting on "New Media and Political Change in Egypt: Causes, Implications and Communication Strategies" with Khamis. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center, moderated the event.

Iraqi Women Leaders in Engineering and Applied Sciences

Three Iraqi women engineers discussed their experiences as participants in a U.S.-sponsored fellowship program designed to empower Iraqi women in the fields of science and engineering and to support them in taking leadership roles to assist in rebuilding their country. In articulating their willingness to help their people and their country, each panelist expressed gratitude for the opportunity to learn at leading U.S. universities and their ability to take back essential knowledge and practices to strengthen the foundation of Iraq.