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October 5, 2004

Marine Biological Laboratory Announces 2004-2005
Falmouth Forum Lecture Schedule

WOODS HOLE, MA - The Marine Biological Laboratory is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2004-2005 Falmouth Forum Lecture Series. All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Marine Biological Laboratory's (MBL's) Lillie Auditorium, MBL Street, Woods Hole.  The series is sponsored by the Associates of the Marine Biological Laboratory and is free and open to the public.

The MBL Associates were founded in 1944 to provide an opportunity for friends of the Laboratory, both scientists and non-scientists, to support the MBL.  Over the years the Associates have taken on a wide range of projects, including providing fellowships for young scientists, supporting the MBL/WHOI Library, renovating the Lillie Auditorium, and landscaping the Whitman-Loeb quadrangle on the Woods Hole campus.  The Associates also help bring the work of the Laboratory to a broader public by sponsoring the Falmouth Forum Series and operating the MBL Gift Shop.  Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Laboratory.

Julia Preston, co-author of OPENING MEXICO: The Making of a Democracy will kick off the 2004-2005 Falmouth Forum season with a lecture on Friday, October 29. OPENING MEXICO draws on research conducted in Mexico during 2000-2001, when Preston and co-author Samuel Dillon, were recipients of a MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Grant. The book recounts the thirty-year history of Mexico's democratic change. In her lecture titled, “Making Democracy: What we can Learn from Mexico,” Preston will discuss the implications of the democratic revolution for Mexico today and for United States national security and foreign policy.

A buffet dinner is available before each Falmouth Forum lecture at 6:00 p.m. in the MBL's Swope Center located near the Lillie Auditorium. Dinner tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance at either Eight Cousins Children's Books, Main Street, Falmouth, or at the MBL's Communications Office in the Candle House in Woods Hole. Dinner seats are limited.  For more information on the lectures and dinners, contact the MBL's Communications Office at 508-289-7423.

Falmouth Forum 2004-2005 Schedule

October 29, 2004
Making Democracy: What We Can Learn From Mexico
Julia Preston, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times and co-author, with Samuel Dillon, of Opening of Mexico - the Making of a Democracy

January 7, 2005
US-Arab Relations and the al Jazeera Factor
William Rugh, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, current president of America-Mideast Educational and Training Services

January 28, 2005
Shipwrecks and Sea Monsters: An Underwater Photojournalist's World
Brian Skerry, contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine

February 11, 2005
Khrushchev: The Man and His Era
William Taubman, 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner

March 4, 2005
America in a Dangerous World
H.D.S. Greenway, Columnist, Boston Globe

March 25, 2005
Visiting the Family: Rare Primates of the World
Connie Rogers, author and book editor, frequently writes about travel for The New York Times


The Marine Biological Laboratory is an independent scientific institution, founded in 1888, dedicated to improving the human condition through basic research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. MBL hosts research programs in cell and developmental biology, ecosystems studies, molecular biology and evolution, neurobiology, behavior, global infectious diseases and sensory physiology. Its intensive graduate-level educational program is renowned throughout the life sciences. The MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the western hemisphere.