Environmental activist to keynote BGSU Latino studies conference


BOWLING GREEN, O.—Dr. David Cleary, director of agriculture at The Nature Conservancy, will be the keynote speaker for Bowling Green State University’s fourth annual Latin America and Latino/a Studies Conference on March 28.

Cleary earned his doctorate from Oxford University in anthropology. At the Nature Conservancy, based in Arlington, Va., he oversees conservation strategies for Latin America and global efforts to achieve eco-sustainable food security. Cleary’s efforts have also focused on the protection of indigenous lands and minimizing the impact of agricultural expansion in Latin America.

His keynote talk, “Latin America and Globalization: What Are the Environmental Implications?” will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater (Room 206).

The Latin American and Latino/a Studies Faculty Cluster at BGSU’s Institute for the Study of Culture and Society hosts the annual conference, an all-day academic forum to present research and discuss ideas among members of the BGSU community with interests in Latin America and Latino/a Studies. The research and creativity of 25 graduate and undergraduate students will be showcased in six panels from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. in 201 Union.

The conference and Cleary’s keynote address are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Amy Robinson at 419-372-2168 or Dr. Francisco Cabanillas at 419-372-2469.

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(Posted March 27, 2013 )