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Community Classroom Highlights Belize


FEB. 11, 2005--The first UW-River Falls College of Arts and Sciences Community Classroom event, Beautiful Belize: Paradise Found or Paradise Lost?" is Feb. 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library on the corner of Division and Union streets.

UW-RF anthropology Professor Ed Robins examines Belize's dependence on its treasure trove of natural resources as well as recent concerns voiced by conservationists over transformation of the resource base.
Belize, a small Central American country between Mexico and Guatemala, was once a refuge for pirates and buccaneers.

Today, it has been transformed into the ideal retreat for tourists, is latest group of adventurers.
Robins will contrast "Beautiful Belize" with the "real world" Belize that has always had a hidden and often unsavory aspect.

Robins, the chair of the UW-RF department of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice, also directs an annual student study tour to Belize as well as student internship opportunities in Belize and a joint research program with Green Reef Belize.

No reservations are needed to attend the Community Classroom events, which are free and open to the public. The next event, "The American Landscape: Landscape Photography and the Creation of Place" by UW-RF geography Professor Charles Rader, is March 10. For more information, contact the UW-RF Outreach and Graduate Studies Office at 715/425-3256 or 800/228-5607.

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