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March 11, 2013

Caltech emeritus professor to deliver 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Lecture at Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. Thayer Scudder, author and professor emeritus of anthropology at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) will lecture at Birmingham-Southern College on Thursday, March 28, at 11 a.m. in the Norton Campus Center Theatre.

Dr. Thayer Scudder (on right)l
Dr. Thayer Scudder, on right

Scudder will speak on “Global Threats, Global Futures: Learning to Live with Declining Living Standards” as part of Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Program. He will discuss the interplay of an increasing number of global threats of which he says the world currently has neither the leadership nor institutional capacity to deal with at national and international levels.

As a development anthropologist, Scudder has done research and consulting over a 55-year period in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North America working on socioeconomic issues dealing with poverty, large-scale development projects (dams and irrigation, in particular), and forced community relocation. His most recent book, Global Threats, Global Futures, focuses on the inability of national and international institutions to deal with declining living standards.

Founded in 1956, the Visiting Scholars Program makes possible the exchange of ideas between some of the nation’s most distinguished scholars and resident faculty and students. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic honor society. BSC’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Beta of Alabama, has been in place at the College since 1937.

The lecture is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, call 205/226-4860.

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