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'Desert Dwellers: Nature, Culture and Environment' Talk on Wednesday

September 03, 2013

Dr. Ghulam Raza Bhatti of Pakistan, a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Missouri Botanical Garden, will speak on “Desert Dwellers: Nature, Culture and Environment” from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Café West at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.

Bhatti will discuss issues in his home country and the surrounding region.

This is the first event in the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) Bridging Cultures initiative, part of STLCC’s NEH Muslim Journeys grant. It is also STLCC’s International Education Committee’s first collaboration with the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Bhatti is a scientist and scholar in botany and environment, known for his research in natural conservation and biodiversity.

He is a meritorious professor at Shah Abdul Latif University, and also holds the offices of Director Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and Pro-vice-chancellor SALU Shikarpur Campus.

He has completed many environmental and ecological projects in Pakistan and internationally for Pakistan Science Foundation, World Wide Fund for Nature, OMV (Austrian mineral oil authority), Halcrow, British Petroleum, Petronas, Lasmo, and Tethan Copper Company, and for New Doha International Airport in Qatar.

Credited for reviving higher education and research practices in Pakistan, he is an author of about 70 research papers presented or published in different national and international conferences and journals.

A light Pakistani tasting menu will be served for participants.

Teachers are encouraged to bring their classes to this program. It is free and open to the public.