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Population in Perspective

National Geographic Puts Population in Perspective:
How Will 7 Billion People Change Your Life?

In 2011, National Geographic marked the world’s seven-billionth person with a year long focus on population issues. How will our lives be affected and how can young Americans engage with solutions to the challenge of sustaining a planet as the number climbs to nine billion by 2050?

This two-day forum will deliver a digest of the latest reporting on issues associated with population growth, and will be presented at two Saint Mary’s University campuses:

Twin Cities


Date: March 13, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Date: March 14, 7:00- 8:30 p.m.

Location: Saint Mary's Event Center
Saint Mary's University, Twin Cities Campus
2540 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Location: The Page Theatre
Saint Mary's University, Winona Campus
700 Terrace Heights, Winona MN 55987

Cost: Free Cost: Free

For questions, please contact Sabrina Kelly, (612) 238-4507


Dennis Dimick - Photo by Matt BuschDennis Dimick - Executive Editor on the Environment for National Geographic Magazine, where he leads coverage of energy, climate, and sustainability issues. He guided the creation of a single-topic issue on global freshwater in April 2010, and architected a year-long 2011 series called “7 Billion”, on global population and its impact. The magazine’s climate change and energy projects have received awards from the Society of Environment Journalists, the Overseas Press Club, and Pictures of the Year International. Dimick holds degrees in agriculture and agricultural journalism from Oregon State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He previously worked at newspapers in Oregon and Washington, and for The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky.

Fred de Sam Lazaro - Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership, director of the Under-Told Stories Project at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and a correspondent for PBS NewsHour.

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) - Represents Minnesota’s Fourth District. She currently serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, which has jurisdiction over the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, the Council on Environmental Quality, the Indian Health Service, and other related agencies. (Twin Cities Forum)

Josephine Marcotty - Environmental Reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. In her career as a journalist, she's covered many of the forces driving population growth, including business and medical science. Now, as the Star Tribune reporter who covers the human relationship with nature, she's writing about the consequences. (Winona Forum)

Dr. David Lynch - Associate Professor, Chair of Social Science at Saint Mary’s and author of Trade and Globalization: An Introduction to Regional Trade Agreements. Dr. Lynch’s interests include international relations, American foreign policy and international political economy. (Winona Forum)

David Opp - Master in Business Administration, Adjunct Program Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s where he has taught in the MBA program since its inception in 2004. Professor Opp’s teaching experience abroad spans a variety of global venues and he has experience running a small import-export business with a sustainable development goal. (Twin Cities Forum)