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  April 19, 2004

Coming to Campus

Jim Motavalli, editor of the Norwalk-based E Magazine, an independent national environmental bi-monthly publication, will speak on campus on Earth Day.

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Motavalli will speak about global warming, and the connection between peace-making, environmental justice, and the upcoming Presidential election, on April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Center for Undergraduate Education.

He also will speak at the UConn Co-op at 5 p.m.

Motavalli, a UConn alumnus, is the author of Breaking Gridlock: Moving Toward Transportation That Works (2002) and Forward Drive: The Race to Build "Clean" Cars for the Future (2000), both published by Sierra Club Books/Random House. His latest book, Feeling the Heat: Dispatches From the Frontlines of Climate Change, which is based on reporting in E Magazine, was published by Routledge in March.

Motavalli, former editor of the Fairfield County Weekly (formerly Fairfield County Advocate), writes regularly for the New York Times "Automobiles" and "Escapes" sections, and produces a weekly auto column, which appears in The Philadelphia Review and five other papers. He is the "Conservation Works" columnist for AMC Outdoors, the "Autos and the Environment" columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and writes "Green Living" for Solutions, the Environmental Defense newsletter. His writing on population won a 1999 Global Media Award from the Population Institute.

Motavalli hosts a bi-weekly public affairs and music radio show on listener-supported WPKN-FM in Bridgeport, Conn. He teaches journalism at Fairfield University.