Global Issues Lecture to Host Baylor Climate Expert

April 9, 2009

by Lillyan Baker, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Dr. Sara Alexander, chair and associate professor of anthropology, forensic science and archaeology and director of African studies at Baylor University, will present a lecture on "Changes in the Forecast: Challenges of Third World Development and Climate Change," at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Draper 116 on the Baylor campus.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Global Issues Lecture Series and presented by Baylor's Center for International Education.

Alexander's lecture will address the challenging issue that people's livelihoods changes in climate patterns particularly in areas of the world that experience frequent climate shocks.

Alexander travels to Central America, West and East Africa and in Appalachia to research her interests on the Third World development process. She focuses on livelihood security and vulnerability, food security, ecotourism, natural resource management, human dimensions of climate change and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Alexander has served as an advisor to numerous nongovernmental organizations (NGO) , World Vision, Catholic Relief Services and the World Food Programme. She is currently writing a book on her 25-year study of the dynamics of change around struggles for resource rights in eastern Kentucky.

This is the fifth lecture for the Global Issues Lecture Series in spring 2009.

"The goal of these lectures is to expose and inform students, faculty and staff to events that have had a global impact," said Dr. Lilly Souza-Fuertes, coordinator of the Global Issues Series and director of Latin American studies at Baylor. "It is always a unique opportunity to have a different perspective on issues that affect us all."

For more information about the Global Issues Lecture, contact Fuertes at (254) 710-4531.

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