Former Florida US Senator and US Ambassador to Speak at FIU on Water Resources in the Middle East

Senator Richard Stone will speak at 6:30 p.m. on March 22 at the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, RDB 1000. The Senator’s address will be followed by an interdisciplinary faculty panel discussion.

Former Ambassador and Florida Senator Richard Stone will speak about the politics of the Jordan River in an address titled “Restoring the Jordan: A Pathway to Peace” on March 22 at Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus.

Senator Stone served as US Senator for Florida from 1975 to 1981 and was a Presidential Special Envoy for Central American Affairs under President Reagan. He served as the US Ambassador to Denmark from 1991 to 1993 and co-authored the Taiwan Relations Act.

As Florida’s Secretary of State, Senator Stone led a successful initiative to clean the polluted Miami River. The Senator’s interest in the Jordan River helped lead to the passage of US Senate Resolution 387, which urged the governments of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority to work in concert to reverse the river’s degradation.

Senator Stone’s speech will be followed by an interdisciplinary panel discussion featuring four Florida International University professors:

Shlomi Dinar, associate professor of politics and international relations and author of Beyond Resource Wars: Scarcity, Environmental Degradation, and International Cooperation; and International Water Treaties: Negotiation and Cooperation along Transboundary Rivers;

Bruce Harvey, associate professor of English, associate director of the School of Environment, Arts and Society and author of American Geographics: U.S. National Narratives and the Representation of the Non-European World, 1830-1865;

Alberto Tejada, executive officer of the Global Waters for Sustainability Program and former director of the UNESCO Division of Water Sciences;

Whitney Bauman, assistant professor of religious studies and author of Theology, Creation, and Environmental Ethics and Grounding Religion: A Fieldguide to the Study of Religion and Ecology.

“Restoring the Jordan: A Pathway to Peace” is part of the Ruth K. & Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series.

Sponsored by the Judaic Studies Program.

Co-sponsored by the School of the Environment, Arts and Society; the Department of Religious Studies; Masa Israel Journey; FIU Shalom and the Global Water for Sustainability Program (GLOWS) and the Middle East Society.

The Spring 2012 Judaic Studies Lecture Series is supported in part by Targum Shlishi, A Raquel and Aryeh Rubin Foundation.