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Oil legacies and sustainable futures on Mexico’s Gulf Coast discussed Oct. 23

BOONE—The Department of Anthropology presents “Oil Legacies and Sustainable Futures on Mexico’s Gulf Coast” on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Appalachian State University.

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The lecture by cultural anthropologist Lisa Bregalia, Ph.D., of George Mason University, begins at 5 p.m. in I.G. Greer Auditorium. Her book “Living with Oil” will be available for purchase at the event. The lecture is free and open to the public.

During the lecture, the audience will learn about the damage to the marine and coastal environment in the Gulf coast wrought by three decades of intensive offshore oil exploitation.

Bregalia’s work focuses on natural and cultural resources, ranging from archaeological heritage to energy. Bregalia is the interim director of the Global Affairs Program and Global Interdisciplinary Programs at George Mason University. She received her Ph.D., in cultural anthropology from Rice University.

The lecture is sponsored by Appalachian’s Department of Anthropology, Department of Geography and Planning, Department of Sustainable Development, College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of International Education and Development.

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