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Teresa Thomas

For immediate release:
October 18, 2004

"Diet for a Small Planet" Author Speaks Nov. 4 For Carnegie Mellon's International Festival

PITTSBURGH—Bestselling author and activist Frances Moore Lappé will present a keynote lecture to start Carnegie Mellon University's 14th annual International Festival at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004, in McConomy Auditorium in the University Center on Carnegie Mellon's campus. The lecture, titled "Exploding Hunger One Pop Tart at a Time," is open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing. The first 50 people in attendance will receive a free copy of Lappé's latest book, "Hope's Edge: The New Diet for a Small Planet."

Lappé, who has written more than a dozen books including her 1971 three-million-copy bestseller "Diet for a Small Planet," will discuss issues such as globalization, trade and world hunger, food and politics, sustainable futures and making a difference.

"Diet for a Small Planet" exploded the myth that there is not enough food to feed the world. "Hope's Edge: The New Diet for a Small Planet," which she wrote with her daughter, Anna Lappé, addresses globalization, environmental degradation, human rights and the quality, safety and availability of our food supply.

In 1975, Lappé co-founded the California-based Institute for Food and Development Policy, better known as Food First. In 1990, she co-founded the Center for Living Democracy and served as the founding editor of the center's American News Service. Lappé served as a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has received 15 honorary doctorate degrees. Her books, used in courses in hundreds of colleges and universities in more than 50 countries, have been translated into over a dozen languages. In 1987, she became the fourth American to receive the Right Livelihood Award, for her "vision and work healing our planet and uplifting humanity."

Carnegie Mellon's International Festival, which features workshops, lectures, discussions and performances related to this year's theme, "From Feast to Famine: Food, Culture and Society," is a celebration of values, traditions and beliefs of world cultures.


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