Lecture Previews

Title: Pitt Business G-20 World Tour
The Basics: On each of the 20 days preceding the summit, beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26, the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration University of Pittsburgh will feature a different G-20 country with presentations on the cultural and economic aspects of that country.
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When: Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26
Where: Lobbies of Mervis Hall and Sennott Square, University of Pittsburgh

Title: University Lecture Series — Great Decisions: Cuba after Castro
The Basics: This Great Decisions lecture is part of the Passport to Global Awareness course and will be webcast by the World Affairs Council. The lecture will discuss the challenges and opportunities in reopening ties with Cuba.
Since Fidel Castro handed over the presidency of Cuba to Raúl Castro in early 2008, there have been mixed messages of change and keeping the status quo in terms of U.S.–Cuban relations.
The lecture will question if Raúl seeks to reopen ties with the U.S. and what role Cuban-Americans will play in shaping a post-Castro Cuba. For more information on Great Decisions 2009, please visit the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh website.
When:Wednesday, Sept. 9, 6–8 p.m.
Where: Gregg Hall (Porter 100)

Title: University Lecture Series — Global Warming: Doing what the planet needs in Washington, Copenhagen, Pittsburgh, and tropical forests
The Basics: Doug Boucher will discuss the importance of the next four months in terms of taking action on global warming around the world.
Washington has the Senate debating on the House-passed energy and climate bill, and Copenhagen is in negotiations for a new treaty to make drastic reductions in greenhouse gases.
Boucher believes the G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh on Sept. 24–25 is key for both these events, since it is where President Obama and the leaders of the world’s largest economies could make a commitment to making the necessary investments to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.
Boucher will explain why part of this commitment needs to be reducing tropical deforestation, which is responsible for about 20 percent of global warming pollution.
The presentation will also weigh the balance of forces and the political dynamics that could lead to historic steps on climate change in the next few months — or to a failure to act that would have drastic consequences for the planet.
Doug Boucher joined the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in July 2007 as director of its Tropical Forests and Climate Initiative.
He is in charge of UCS’s work in the United States and in the international climate change negotiations, on tropical deforestation and its role in climate change. He is based in UCS’s Washington office.
He has published widely on ecology and forest management issues, most recently in Ecology, Science, Plant Ecology, Forest Ecology and Management, and the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America. Boucher has a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in ecology and history from Yale University.
When: Thursday, Sept. 10, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Breed Hall (Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall 103)