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Speaker to Discuss Mining and Oil
Corporations Oct. 7 at UW-Eau Claire

MAILED: Sept. 25, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE  Dr. Al Gedicks, executive secretary of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council, will speak to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Geography 111 class, “Human Geography: An Introduction to Globalization,” from noon to 12:50 p.m. Oct. 7 in room 100 of Schneider Hall.
         Gedricks’ presentation, “Native Challenges to Mining and Oil Corporations,” will cover mining and oil conflicts involving native people in Colombia and the Philippines. The university community and public are invited to attend this free lecture.
         In 1977, Gedicks founded the Center for Alternative Mining Development Policy to assist Indian tribes and rural communities in the upper Midwest resist ecologically destructive mining projects. He has written extensively on the social, economic and environmental impacts of mining and energy development, including two books — “The New Resource Wars: Native and Environmental Struggles Against Multinational Corporations” (1993) and “Resource Rebels: Native Challenges to Mining and Oil Corporations” (2001).
         Gedicks also produced and directed several documentary films on mining and native peoples. His most recent film about the Indian and environmental resistance to the proposed Crandon mine, “Keepers of the Water,” won the 1997 “Best Environmental Program” award at the Red Earth American Indian Film and Video Festival in Oklahoma City.
         Gedicks also is a sociology professor at UW-La Crosse.
         For more information, including a list of Web sites related to this topic, contact Zoltan Grossman, assistant professor of geography, at (715) 836-4471 or grossmzc@uwec.edu.
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