Whatever Happened to the Population Explosion and Where Are We Today?

Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom  Fee: $15 in advance



Steven Sinding

Former Director-General
of the International
Planned Parenthood Federation

In the 1960s and 1970s the "population explosion" was a subject of intense media interest and public concern. The U.S. for a time led a massive international effort to control population growth, particularly in developing countries. Gradually the subject was no longer appearing on front pages and it receded from the list of leading public concerns. Why was this, and what actually happened in terms of global demography? How serious a threat to global and national wellbeing was rapid population growth and how serious a problem is it today? Steve Sinding's professional career began near the beginning of the global "population movement" and he was an active participant throughout, so what he presents is a first-person perspective on a fascinating chapter in international affairs over the last half of the 20th century.

Registration is $15 per person.

Steven Sinding was the director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation in London. He had a 20-year career at the U.S. Agency for International Development and served as senior population advisor to the World Bank and later as director of the Population Sciences program at the Rockefeller Foundation. He was clinical professor of public health at Columbia University. Dr. Sinding serves on a number of boards and works as an international consultant.