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Professor's Television Series on International Development to Premiere on TFO

(Thunder Bay, April 1) Dr. Ronald Harpelle's latest documentary project will air on la télévision francophone en Ontario (TFO) every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. from April 7 to May 12, 2010. Citoyens du Monde (Citizens of the World) is a six-part series that focuses on Canada's role in supporting research for development. Filmed in over a dozen countries, the series examines six broad themes; Water, Women, Politics, Health, Information and Communication Technologies and the Emerging Economies of China, India and Brazil, with an emphasis on research currently being conducted in these areas of international development.

Filmed in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, each episode examines one theme in at least three different regions of the world. Appearing in the series are leading international figures such as Vandana Shiva, Rigoberta Menchu, Palmira Ventosilla, Dipak Gyawali, Maurice Strong, M.S. Swaminathan, Lloyd Axworthy, Danilo Astori, Pierre Sané,  Zoubida Charouff,  Margaret Catley-Carlson,  Fatou Sarr, José Cassiolato, Moubarack Lo, John Biehl, Lu Mai, and Jad Isaac.

The film series follows Ron Harpelle of Lakehead University and Bruce Muirhead of the University of Waterloo, as they conduct their research on a book they have just completed on the history of the International Development Research Centre, a unique and highly innovative part of Canada's foreign assistance program. Together, they met with scientists and researchers around the world to discuss the obstacles to development and some of the solutions that have been studied.

The book will be available later this year in English and French, and an English version of the series will soon be ready for broadcast and for sale to educational institutions across Canada and around the world.  

The series was produced by Les Productions Rivard of Winnipeg and directed by Kelly Saxberg. Drs. Harpelle and Muirhead conducted the research and interviewed people who appear in the documentaries. In  addition, Donald Delorme, (camera), Madelaine Bernard,(translation), and Gabriel Harpelle, (assistant editor) all from Thunder Bay, also worked on the series. International Development programs are growing rapidly and this is a significant educational tool that provides educators with a comprehensive perspective on some of the most significant issues confronting scientists in the developing world today.

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Media: Dr. Ronald Harpelle is available for interviews in English or French, he can be reached at (807) 345-0221.

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Last updated April 01, 2010

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