Former vice-president Al Gore to deliver Arthur Curley Lecture

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For Immediate Release

October 20, 2009

CHICAGO—Former vice-president and Nobel Peace Prize co-recipient Al Gore, whose bestselling books have shed light on key environmental issues, will deliver the Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture as part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

Gore will speak on Saturday, Jan. 16. at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Widely considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the climate crisis, Gore is the author of “Our Choice: How We Can Solve the Climate Crisis, a follow-up to “An Inconvenient Truth,” which will be released in November 2009.This book will further explore our climate crisis and what we can do to alter the effects.

Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th Vice President of the United States on Jan. 20, 1993 and served for eight years. He is the author of the bestsellers “Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit,” “An Inconvenient Truth” and “The Assault on Reason.” He is the subject of an Academy Award winning documentary and was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his environmental work

Arthur Curley served as ALA president from 1994 to 1995, and was director of the Boston Public Library. He was a champion of the arts and of the library’s role as a center that can transform the community. The lecture series commemorates his lifelong dedication to the principles of intellectual freedom and free public access to information. Mr. Curley was an ALA member for more than 30 years.

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