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HUMAN RIGHTS SERIES: Buffalo/Niagara WorldConnect, a nonprofit organization devoted to international education and citizen diplomacy, will present the following forums as part of its annual "Great Decisions" foreign affairs discussion series: Brazil, by Ivani Vassoler-Froelich; U.N. Reform, by David Reilly, Niagara University; Pandemics and Security, by Ana Sanchez, Brock University; and Turkey and European Union, by Paul Hamilton, Brock University.

The forums begin at 5:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning today, through March 20, in the International Institute of Buffalo, 864 Delaware Ave. The forums are sponsored by the Canadian Consulate General, Buffalo. Cost per session is $10, or $5 for students and teachers. For further details, visit www.BNWC.org or call 883-1900, Ext. 320.

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SEMINAR: Mayor Byron Brown will share his administration's plan to communicate change in Buffalo as part of a seminar offered by the Public Relations Society of America, 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Park Lane Restaurant, 33 Gates Circle. Peter Cutler, Buffalo communication director, will also speak. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers and students. For details, call 879-0942.

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PROGRAM: The Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council will be offering "A Basic Overview of Alcohol and Other Drugs," 9 a.m. Wednesday, Southern Tier Environments for Living, 715 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Participants will be provided an understanding of why people use substances, recognizing signs and symptoms and steps to getting someone help. The cost is $25. For details, call 664-3608.

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COMEDY/LECTURE: Comedian Preacher Moss, who has written for "Saturday Night Live," Daymon Wayans and George Lopez, will present his "End of Racism" comedy and lecture tour at 9 p.m. Wednesday in Hilbert College Campus Center, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Moss will tackle such issues as "racial understanding vs. racial interaction," multiculturalism in post 9/1 1 America and equality. For details, call 926-8932.

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: The Erie County Chapter of the Links announces scholarship applications for African-American High School seniors are now available at all Buffalo-area high schools. Deadline for submission is March 31.

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