University of Pittsburgh
February 24, 1999

WORLD BANK SOCIOLOGIST TO SPEAK AT PITT ON POLICY TOWARD NATIVE LATIN AMERICAN PEOPLES

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 25 — Shelton H. Davis, Ph.D., principal sociologist of the World Bank's Social Development Department, will visit the University of Pittsburgh to speak on "The World Bank and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America" at 3 p.m., Monday, March 1 in Room 2K56 of the Forbes Quadrangle Building, Oakland.

Native peoples used the 1992 quincentennial celebration of the voyage of Christopher Columbus to call attention to centuries of repression, exploitation and genocide. The World Bank attempts to recognize the position of these peoples when creating policies. Davis, the World Bank's lead specialist for social development in the Latin America and Caribbean region, heads creation of policies and programs that recognize the unique needs and desires of the indigenous peoples in that part of the world. Davis will discuss the World Bank's experiences in establishing these policies.

Davis received his doctorate in social anthropology from Harvard University. In addition to heading the World Bank's Social Development Department, he holds an adjunct professorship in the Latin American Studies Program at Georgetown University's Edward A. Walt School of Foreign Service.

His lecture is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Center for Latin American Studies, the University Center for International Studies, the Graduate School for Public and International Affairs and the International Management Development Institute. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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