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Ilzamar Mendes lectures at Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola press release - November 5, 1999

Ilzamar, widower of late environmentalist Chico Mendes, gives first lecture in the United States, special guest of weeklong celebration

(New Orleans)ŚIlzamar Gadelha Mendes, widow of Francisco "Chico" Alves Mendes, will lecture at Loyola University New Orleans Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, in Monroe Hallĺs Nunemaker Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Mendes will discuss "The Legacy of Chico Mendes."

Chico was a land conservationist and a rubber tapper in the Amazon forest. He was assassinated in 1988 for his work in defense of the rainforest and his peopleĺs ecologically sustainable way of life. Not long after the killing, which took place in front of Ilzamar and her two children, Ilzamar became president of the Chico Mendes Foundation. She has carried on her husbandĺs work and is known globally for her work on behalf of ecological sustainability and social justice. Although, the Mendesĺ story often has been told in films, magazine articles and books, Ilzamar has never been interviewed. This is not only her first trip to America, but it is her first opportunity to discuss her husbandĺs life and work in her own words.

In addition to Ilzamarĺs lecture, there are weeklong activities planned in recognition of her visit. Scheduled events include:

Friday, December 3Ś"Voice of the Rainforest," a documentary on the life and work of Chico Mendes, leader of the Brazilian rubber tappers. Loyola University, Bobet Hall, Room 332, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 4ŚArt exhibit opening: Jacqueline Bishop, author of Em Memˇria Chico Mendes will show an installation of "Terraĺ and new paintings from the Orchid Series. Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 Julia St., 6ľ8 p.m.

Monday, December 6ŚPresentation by Jake Kreilick of the National Forest Protection Alliance. He will speak on the preservation of national forests and show a short video on ending logging of national forests. Loyola University, Danna Center, Octavia I, 12:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 6ŚLecture by Professor Antonio Torres Montenegro titled "Where the World is the Land and the Land is the Village: The Struggle of the Pernambuco Indians for their Culture and for the Rainforest." Montenegro is from northwestern Brazil and has worked with the indigenous peoples. Loyola University, Danna Center, Audubon Room, 7:30 p.m.

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