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Can Mining Coexist with Human Rights & Sustainability?

WHO:  Robin Broad, American University School of International Service professor of International Development

WHAT:  Washington, DC premier of the award winning documentary Gold Fever, a film focusing on the dilemma in remote Guatemalan village, is being viewed in over 100 sites around the world including American University.

WHERE:  American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016. Ward Circle Building in the Ward 2 auditorium.  

WHEN:  Film on October 18, at 5 pm, but Prof. Broad is available ongoing.

WHERE:   In-studio, via telephone, Skype, or at American University
 
Robin Broad, American University School of International Service professor of International Development, is an expert on the environmental, social, and economic impacts of gold mining. Broad’s field-work and policy work in El Salvador, where the government prohibited gold mining for environmental reasons extends across the Pacific Ocean to the Philippines where gold is a key export. Broad’s overall work focuses on responsible mining globally.

Keenly aware of the business versus human rights and environmental tensions surrounding the extraction of gold in developing countries and the desire to raise revenue, Broad is able to discuss how civil society can be included in the negotiations and development of sustainable policies.  She’s published numerous books and articles on development and markets in addition to being the recipient of several grants to pursue her research.

On October 17-18, the award winning documentary Gold Fever is being viewed in over 100 sites around the world including its Washington, DC, premier at American University on October 18, at 5 pm in the Ward Circle Building in the Ward 2 auditorium. The documentary focuses on the gold mining dilemma in a remote Guatemalan village.

Prof. Broad will moderate a discussion immediately after the movie with the filmmaker, Andrew Sherburne; Marcos Orenella, Center for International Environmental Law; and Juanita Cabrera Lopez, member of the Maya Mam Council.  

Broad is also the faculty advisor to such student organizations as Amnesty International and the Fair Trade Student Association, she has served or is serving on the boards of directors of Rugmark, the Bank Information Center, Food First, and the Philippine Development Forum. She is an active "scholar participant" in the movement to create a more just and sustainable economic globalization.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.

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