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Latin America and Environmental Problems Subject of W&L Lecture

Timothy Shenk, coordinator of the Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations (CUSLAR) at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., will give a public lecture at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, March 12, at 5 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.

The title of his talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Lessons from Latin America for the Global Environmental Movement.” Shenk’s appearance is presented by the W&L’s Environmental Studies Program and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.

Shenk will share from his experience his opposition to mining projects in the Dominican Republic as part of the organization Justicia Global, an international sociopolitical organization based in Santo Domingo. He will explore case studies from around the region.

This discussion can offer useful insights to the global environmental movement and may present a model for understanding extractive issues such as hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of natural gas in rural portions of the United States.

Shenk is a journalist, Spanish-English interpreter and artist. He also is a member of Justicia Global. He graduated from Earlham College with a degree in Spanish and Hispanic Studies.

CUSLAR is a Cornell University-based organization, founded in 1965, which seeks to promote a greater understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean. The members of CUSLAR are a diverse group of people united in their concern about the role of the United States in the social, political and economic affairs of the region. CUSLAR supports the right of the people of Latin America and the Caribbean to self-determination and control over decisions that affect their lives and communities.

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