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Annual Lecture in Applied Anthropology Set for February 21


The 5th Annual Lecture in Applied Anthropology is scheduled for Thursday, February 21, and will feature keynote speaker, Dr. A. Peter Castro, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m., and will be in the Golisano Gateway.

Castro’s presentation will explore the contributions of anthropologists, as well as constraints and obstacles that exist regarding their participation in policy interventions. He will discuss his own experience as an applied anthropologist with the United Nations, the Near East Foundation, and other organizations over the past 30 years. In addition, he will focus on observations from his recent work in Darfur, as well as other examples from applied research in East Africa and Bangladesh.

Castro is an applied cultural anthropologist with research interests in the fields of rural development planning, natural resource management, agriculture, conflict management, rural socioeconomic change, climate change, and the history of applied anthropology. Most of his fieldwork experience is in East Africa – Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.

He recently co-edited Climate Change and Threatened Communities: Vulnerability, Capacity, and Action, published by Practical Action with Dan Taylor and David Brokensha. From 1999 to 2007, he was part of the BASIS Greater Horn of Africa Collaborative Research Support Program’s project on food security and livelihoods in South Wollo and Oromiya Zones of Amhara Region in Ethiopia. The project consisted of a multidisciplinary team from the Institute of Development Research at Addis Ababa University, the Institute for Development Anthropology, and several American universities.

Castro has also worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on natural resource conflict management, including developing training materials and editing case studies. In addition, he has worked for the United States Agency for International Development in natural resource management, rural financial markets, and community forestry.

In 2011, Castro received an Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award from the Graduate School of Syracuse University.

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