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Mexico, South Africa explored in David M. Kennedy Center lecture Nov. 13-14

Water conservation in Mexico and development problems in South Africa will be lecture topics this week (Nov. 13-14) at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University.

  • On Monday, Nov. 13, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will host a Latin American Studies lecture, “Water in Mexico: Realities, Challenges and Opportunities,” at 2 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. José de Anda Sánchez, a senior researcher at El Centro de Investigación y Asistencia en Tecnología y Diseño del Estado de Jalisco, will present the lecture.

    At CIATEJ in Guadalajara, México, Sánchez has pioneered technology-transfer operations in the area of environmental processes. His research has focused on increasing awareness of environmental factors and implementation of solutions to help better manage watershed ecosystems.

  • Thabo Leshilo, editor-in-chief of South Africa’s Sowetan and Sunday World, will present “Development Problems in South Africa.” This African Studies lecture will take place Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

    Leshilo was appointed editor-in-chief of Sowetan and Sunday World in 2004. Both newspapers are among the largest in South Africa. His primary mission has been to revitalize and re-launch the daily Sowetan, which now has 1.5 million readers. The Sunday World has just over 1 million readers.

    His previous positions include editor of Business Times in the Sunday Times, South Africa's largest circulating newspaper with 3.5 million readers.

    Most lectures are archived online. For more information on David M. Kennedy Center events, see the calendar at

    Writer: Lee Simons

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