Distinguished Conservationist to Speak at Austin College

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

SHERMAN, TEXAS—Austin College’s Center for Environmental Studies will host a public lecture by Julia Marton-Lefèvre, director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), on Monday, April 21, at 12:30 p.m. in Wright Campus Center, Room 231. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The IUCN is the largest professional global conservation network, bringing together states, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, scientists, and experts in a worldwide partnership.

Austin College sophomore Sarah Dillabough will introduce Marton-Lefèvre. The lecture is one of several events hosted during Austin College’s “GreenWeek,” which coincides annually with Earth Day.

Prior to taking on her current role, Marton-Lefèvre was rector of the University for Peace (UPEACE), a graduate-level international university, mandated by the United Nations, providing education, training and research on issues related to peace and conflict. She previously was executive director of Leadership for Environment and Development International, a program established by The Rockefeller Foundation to bring together and train mid-career leaders from all parts of the world in improving their leadership skills around the issues of sustainable development and executive director of the International Council for Science, a global organization bringing together scientific academies and unions to promote scientific activities for the benefit of humanity.

Marton-Lefèvre is a member of a number of boards, councils, and committees including the UN Global Compact. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of the United Kingdom and a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. Born in Hungary, Marton-Lefèvre studied history, ecology, and environmental planning in the U.S. and in France.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 36 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of 1,250 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

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