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April 17, 2006

Moseley To Discuss Poverty-Environment Interactions April 21

William Moseley, assistant professor of geography at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., will present "Poverty-Environment Interactions and the Political Ecology of Cotton Production in Mali" from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21 in Schaeffer Hall, Room 40, on the University of Iowa campus.

Moseley will discuss his research, including the belief that the poor and hungry will often destroy their immediate environment in order to survive, and that this group is most directly affected by environmental change. His presentation, which is based on a past study, examines this hypothesis, as well as how cotton production has influenced the rural poverty-environment dynamic in the Sahelian nation of Mali.

Moseley is a human-environment and development geographer teaching courses on introductory human geography, people and the environment, Africa, and advanced environment and development studies. He researches political ecology, tropical agriculture, environment and development policy and livelihood security. Most of his fieldwork has been undertaken in West and Southern Africa. His research over the past several years has included political ecology, livelihood security, famine early warning and hunger, and the environmental dimensions of modern and traditional agriculture.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information or for special accommodations, contact Mary-Justine Todd at The UI African Studies Program and International Programs co-sponsor the lecture.

The African Studies Program (ASP), a constituent program of the UI International Programs, was established in 1979 to promote the interdisciplinary study of Africa at the UI. It helps students gain a broader understanding of traditional and contemporary life in Africa and provides an environment of cooperation and collaboration among students and faculty that leads to increased opportunities for research and teaching.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and to promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Mary-Justine Todd,; Writer: Kelli Andresen.