Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai to Speak at Penn

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@pobox.upenn.edu | 215-573-8151September 22, 2006

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai to Speak at the University of Pennsylvania

WHO:Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of

Kenya's Green Belt Movement

Amy Gutmann, University of Pennsylvania president

WHEN:Oct. 16, 2006, 7 p.m.

WHERE:University of Pennsylvania

Irvine Auditorium

34th and Spruce streets

Dr. Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace, stemming from her work on community empowerment and environmental conservation.  She is the first African woman to receive this prestigious award.

Penn President Amy Gutmann will present an honorary University of Pennsylvania Medal for Distinguished Achievement to Dr. Maathai before her speech.

The event is sponsored by The Growing Greener Cities Symposium and the University of Pennsylvania Provosts Global Forum.

The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required at www.upenn.edu/penniur/maathai.htm.  Online registration, however, does not guarantee admittance.  On the day of the event, seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.