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FAU Calendar of Events for the Week of January 24, 2011

BOCA RATON, FL (January 24, 2011) –
Florida Atlantic University will host the following events:

Author Peter Thomson to Speak at FAU’s Jupiter Campus

Peter Thomson will present “The Road to Baikal: An Environmental Journalist’s Trek to the World’s Great Lake,” on Wednesday, February 2, at 7 p.m. in the AD (Administration) auditorium at FAU’s MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter.
The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP or for more information, contact

The Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment will host journalist Peter Thomson as part of the “Environmental Writers” series.  Thomson is the environment editor of the daily BBC/PRI public radio show, “The World.” A veteran environmental journalist, he is founding producer of National Public Radio’s “Living on Earth.” His book, Sacred Sea: A Journey to Lake Baikal, is a chronicle of his round-the-world trek and the challenges facing this famed inland sea.   


Dr. Claudia Hillinger of Max Planck to Speak at Wilkes Honors College Scholars Day

Dr. Claudia Hillinger will speak at the Honors College Forum on Friday, February 4, at 1 p.m. in the AD (Administration) auditorium at FAU’s MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter.
Admission is free. For more information, call 561-799-8105.

Dr. Claudia Hillinger of the Max Planck Society will update the community on current events at Max Planck and its partnerships with Florida Atlantic University. This event is part of the Honors College Scholars Day, in which the top group of Honors College applicants are interviewed for the College's prestige scholarships.  The Max Planck Society, based in Germany, is building a facility on FAU's MacArthur Campus in Jupiter, next to the Scripps Florida Research Institute. The organization is currently operating in temporary facilities at FAU’s Jupiter campus.   


Fiesta Maya to be Celebrated for 10 th Year in Jupiter

Members of Jupiter’s Guatemalan community, along with students, faculty and staff from FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, will celebrate the 10th annual Fiesta Maya on Sunday, February 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at FAU’s recreation fields, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter. The event is free, and refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, call 561-745-9860.

Sponsored by Corn-Maya, Inc. and FAU’s Corn Maya Club, this day of cultural exchange and celebration will include a soccer match, traditional procession and ceremony, dance theater, live performances by marimba groups, as well as food and fun.  The event begins with soccer on FAU Jupiter’s main recreation field and proceeds to the eastern recreation field behind the Education Classroom (EC) building for the remaining festivities.  The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and will be followed by music and dancing at 11:30 a.m. 


About Florida Atlantic University:

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