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March 1, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University's Department of Anthropology in Dedman College will present the 2002 George and Mary Foster Distinguished Lecture in Cultural Anthropology at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 8.

Linda M. Whiteford, professor of anthropology at the University of South Florida, will speak on "The Cuban Health Experiment at the 21st Century." Whiteford will discuss her latest field research in the Dominican Republic and Cuba. She has worked on a range of health problems including dengue fever, water-borne diseases, addiction and pregnancy, and infertility. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be in room 131 of the Dedman Life Sciences Building, 6501 Airline Road. Parking is available in the Airline parking garage directly across from the building.

The Foster Distinguished Lecture series honors the contributions of anthropologists George McClelland Foster and Mary LeCron Foster, both associated for many years with UC Berkeley. They have been instrumental in the development of anthropology in the U.S. and abroad. George Foster received an honorary degree from SMU in 1990. An anonymous gift to the university created this endowed lecture series.

Whiteford is an expert on international health, the political economy of health, environmental health assessment in the Caribbean and Latin America, and maternal and child health. Her most recent publication is a coedited volume titled Global Health Policy/Local Realities: The Fallacy of the Level Playing Field. Whiteford is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and served as chair of the Latin America Studies Association Section on Social Science and Medicine in 2000.