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Kennedy Center hosts three Global lectures Oct. 28 and Nov. 2-3

The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University will present free lectures on global topics Oct. 28 and Nov. 2-3.

  • Malcolm Botto-Wilson, a BYU graduate student, will present an International Field Studies lecture titled “Becoming an Active Participant in the Educational Adventure” Friday, Oct. 28, at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. After serving a mission to Guatemala for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Botto-Wilson returned to Guatemala for three international field studies, which aided his research in linguistics and anthropology. He studied at San Bernardino Valley College and both the BYU Hawaii and BYU Provo campuses.

  • Blair G. Van Dyke, a seminary principal and adjunct professor in the BYU Department of Ancient Scripture, will present a Global Awareness Lecture titled “From Constantinople to Jerusalem: A History of the Latter-day Saints in the Near East” Wednesday, Nov. 2, at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. Van Dyke taught at BYU’s Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies for a year. He has published many articles and co-wrote with LaMar C. Berrett “Holy Lands: A History of the Latter-day Saints in the Near East.”

  • Ruth Stern, a professor of health promotion and the Equity Gauge initiative coordinator at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, will present an Area Focus Lecture titled “Research to Action—The Experience of Cape Town Equity Gauge” Thursday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. Stern trained and practiced as a physiotherapist in South Africa before moving to London where she worked as a health promotion officer, as the coordinator of a Healthy Cities Project, and now as a researcher and lecturer. Her main interest and experience is in promoting health, with emphasis on community participation.

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    Writer: Angela Fischer

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