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Fulbright Occasional Lecture Program - Thea De Wet

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    Friday, April 22 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

On April 27 - 29, Dr. Thea De Wet of South Africa, currently Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, will share her professional expertise at Bluefield State College and Concord University.

On Wednesday, April 27 at 4 p.m. in Bluefield State College’s Physical Education Building, Room 202F, Dr. De Wet will discuss “South Africa 17 Years of Democracy: Changes and Challenges” in Professor Yena’s International Relations class.

On Thursday, April 28 at 11 a.m., Dr. De Wet will address Concord University’s Social Health and Physical Education Students on “South Africa's Children: Policies to Support Health and Well-being.” Dr. De Wet’s presentation will take place in CU’s Carter Center (opp. the football stadium) and will be hosted by Drs. Steve Rowe and H. David Campbell. At 4:00 p.m., in BSC’s Basic Sciences Building, Room 210, Dr. De Wet will discuss the same topic in Dr. Anthony Woart’s sociology class.

On Friday, April 29, at 8 a.m., Dr. De Wet will appear on the Morning Express radio talk show hosted by Craig Hammond. At 10 a.m., she will talk about “Hunter and Gatherers: What we should know about them, and why?” in BSC’s Dr. Garrett Olmsted’s cultural anthropology class. At 2 p.m., she will discuss “South Africa 17 Years of        Democracy: Changes and Challenges” in Dr. David Haus’s modern world civilization class.

Dr. De Wet will enjoy a home stay with BSC’s VP for Academic Affairs/Provost Dr. Robin Ware. Home stays allow international guests a unique insight into American culture and allow host families to engage in citizen diplomacy and cultural ambassadorships.

Dr. De Wet is currently professor of anthropology at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa in addition to being the department head and vice dean. She serves on the Medical Research Council as an honorary researcher for the Health and Development Research Group. Her research findings about children’s health has been published in South Africa, Great Britain, and the United States of America.

Dr. De Wet visit to the area are funded by the Fulbright Occasional Lecturer Program which also relies on the willingness of host institutions of Fulbright Scholars in Residence to share their scholars with other U.S. institutions of higher education. The Fulbright Scholars in Residence Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Council of International Exchange of Scholars, a subsidiary of the New York-based Institute for International Education.

This project has also received financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

BSC’s Office of International Initiatives is coordinating this activity in collaboration with faculty and administrators of BSC and Dr. Steve Rowe at Concord University. For information about this initiative, contact BSC’s Office of International Initiatives Coordinator Dr. Sudhakar R. Jamkhandi at or call (304) 327-4036.