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Wittenberg’s Alumni Relations Noon Lunch & Learn Lecture Series Continues With Fulbright Scholar Presentation April 19

April 6, 2011  
 Filed in Community, Events

Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University’s Office of Alumni Relations and the Wittenberg Guild present their fifth Noon Lunch & Learn Lecture of the 2010-11 school year at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Faculty Dining Room on the second floor of the Benham-Pence Student Center, 734 Woodlawn Avenue. Thea de Wet, a Fulbright scholar currently teaching in Wittenberg’s Department of Sociology, will be the featured speaker.

De Wet, who grew up in a small rural town in South Africa, will make a presentation titled “South Africa – 17 Years of Democracy: Changes and Challenges.” She is currently teaching an urban anthropology class at Wittenberg on India, Brazil and South Africa, focusing on large cities in each country.

Previously the head of the University of Johannesburg’s Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, de Wet holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of the Free State in South Africa, in addition to a Diploma in Higher Education. De Wet has a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Florida. Her research focuses on public health issues, children and the environment, as well as poverty and livelihood strategies.

De Wet worked for the South African Medical Research Council as project manager of the Birth to Twenty longitudinal child health and development study for 10 years. She served as a member of a British/South African research consortium focusing on childhood poverty in Peru, India, Ethiopia and Viet Nam, and she also was recently a co-investigator of a large household study in the City of Johannesburg on Urban Poverty and Livelihoods. Currently, she divides her time between the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies and the Centre for Language and Culture at the University of Johannesburg.

Click here to read about de Wet’s impact on students at Wittenberg through the use of technology in her urban anthropology class.

Participants in the Noon Lunch & Learn Lecture may purchase a meal in Post 95 or the Center Dining Room, both located in the student center, or they may bring a meal from home. The event begins with lunch at 11:30 a.m., followed by the lecture and a question-and-answer period at 12:15 p.m.

There is no charge for Noon Lunch & Lecture Series events. For additional information, contact Linda Himes, events planner for advancement, at (937) 327-7432.

Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photo By: Erin Pence

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