Lincoln (Neb.) - Oct. 30, 1998 - Some of the major issues facing the African continent will be the topic of the next E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues Nov. 12 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Robert K. Hitchcock will deliver "Africa: Environmental Conservation, Development and Human Rights" at 3:30 p.m. in the Lied Center, 301 N. 12th St. The lecture is free and open to the public. It also is available live via satellite at sites throughout Nebraska, including College Park in Grand Island, state colleges, community colleges and high schools.
Chair and and associate professor of anthropology, Hitchcock is the first Nebraska faculty member to deliver a Thompson lecture. He will discuss international pressure for wildlife and habitat conservation in the face of growing needs of Africa's people for land, jobs and resources. He also will address serious questions about human rights and social justice that have been raised by local people in Africa as the construction of large dams and other projects have expanded.
Hitchcock has worked on conservation and development projects in Africa for more than two decades. He has been an adviser to the governments of Botswana, Namibia, Somalia and Swaziland and a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, the Ford Foundation and the World Bank. He is a member of the Panel of Environmental Experts for the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, Africa's largest contemporary development project.
The Thompson Forum is a cooperative project of the Cooper
Foundation and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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