Tobi Islanders Explored at Global Affairs Brown Bag Lunch

Posted: February 5, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

Peter Black, professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Department, presents the Topics in Global Affairs brown bag lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Mason Hall, Room D5. Black will speak on “Tobi Islanders in a Global Context: From Isolation to Integration via the Internet.” RSVP today to Marcy Glover at

A psychological anthropologist with a focus on conflict and conflict resolution, Black has research interests that include community-based environmental management, ethnicity, law, and humanitarian assistance and the ethnography of Tobi, one of the Southwest Islands of Palau. Black has been involved with the Tobian community since 1967 and has witnessed its integration firsthand. He received his BS from Columbia University and his MA and PhD from the University of California, San Diego.

Next month’s presentation will feature Provost Peter Stearns speaking on “A History of World Opinion” on March 3.

The Global Affairs Program sponsors the monthly brown bag lectures as an opportunity for faculty members to present their research on any global, international, or regional topic. The university community is invited to attend. For more information about the Global Affairs Program, visit its web site.

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