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Notre Dame de Namur University Hosts Rainforest Preservation Book Signing

Belmont, CA, October 11, 2010 — We hear about it almost every day, but most of us have never experienced life in the Brazilian rainforest. Author Binka Le Breton will bring the rainforest to the states in a book-signing event at Notre Dame de Namur University on October 19 at noon in the Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Library. Le Breton wrote Where the Road Ends: A Home in the Brazilian Rainforest, her account of acclimating to life on a rainforest farm with her husband.

The Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement and the Sisters of Notre Dame are co-sponsoring the event to promote and educate about the preservation of the Brazilian rainforests.

“We want to encourage the environmental understanding of the rainforest,” says Sr. Margaret Hoffman, SNDdeN. “We want to help people understand the importance of the rainforest.”

Le Breton lives on a Brazilian rainforest farm and runs the Iracambi Rainforest Research Center, travelling the world to host lectures and broadcasts on rainforest issues and human rights. She is the president of Amigos de Iracambi, and has written several books on her life’s passion, including The Greatest Gift, the story of Sister Dorothy Stang, who was murdered in 2005 as a result of her efforts to preserve the rainforest.

Admission is free, and vegan refreshments will be provided in the Dorothy Stang Center following the signing. For more information, call (650) 593-2045.

The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Library and the Dorothy Stang Center are both located on the NDNU campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont.