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Environmental impact of Latin American development is subject of Waite Lecture

The degradation of the environment in the face of continuing development in Latin America is the topic of the upcoming Anna and Donald Waite Chair Lecture at Creighton University.

Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m., in the Harper Center Ballroom on the Creighton campus, the Rev. Martin Renzo Rosales, SJ, assistant professor in the Department of Cultural and Social Studies at Creighton, will deliver a lecture titled “Development and its Discontents: Environmental Injustice in Latin America,” drawing on his extensive experiences in Latin America.

Living and carrying out field work in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador, Fr. Rosales has spent his career exploring the socio-economic impacts of development, globalization and migration in Latin America.

A native of Panama, Fr. Rosales was most recently the director of the Center for Transcultural Learning at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, a pastor and researcher among the Garifuna Afro-Indigenous and rural communities in Honduras, and an instructor for inmates in a prison in Puerto Rico.

Fr. Rosales holds a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Florida, an MBA and studies of theology from the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas in El Salvador, and a BA in economics from the University of Panama.

The Anna and Donald Waite Chair bring Jesuit scholars and researchers from other universities to Creighton to support the University’s Jesuit heritage. Following Fr. Rosales’ talk, a reception will be held from 5 to 6 p.m.

This lecture is free and open to the public but an RSVP is requested. Click here to register.


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