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LIVINGSTON, Ala. — The University of West Alabama begins its annual Fulbright Lecture Series as Israeli scholar Dr. Anat Rosenthal presents a public lecture, “Israel: Land and People” on Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Callaway Schoolhouse, with a reception following in the Spence-Moon House.

Hosted by the College of Liberal Arts, Rosenthal is a Fulbright research fellow in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School. She has conducted fieldwork in Israel and Malawi on the social and cultural effects of HIV/AIDS, health policy and undocumented migration. Her current research focuses on the impact of AIDS on kinship systems and social institutions and the strategies rural communities adopt to cope with orphans and vulnerable children, and on the impact of the role-out of ART in rural Malawi on clients and health professionals.

She received her doctorate in anthropology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her published work focuses on migration and health; health policy and HIV care; research methods and HIV/AIDS in rural communities in Malawi.

“At UWA, we are fortunate to bring to campus scholars from other cultures, allowing us to gain an understanding of the diverse societies in our world,” said Dr. David M. Taylor, Provost. “As we celebrate the institution’s 175th anniversary in 2010, we want to commemorate the rich experiences offered at UWA. We are delighted to begin our fifth Fulbright Lecture Series with such a distinguished scholar.”

Rosenthal is one of approximately 800 foreign scholars chosen this year to lecture, conduct research and participate in seminars in the United States through the Fulbright Scholars Program. In addition to the public program, she will address classes and work one-on-one with UWA faculty and students during her stay in Livingston.

The UWA Fulbright Lecture Series continues this spring with visiting scholars from around the world addressing a variety of topics. Admission to all Fulbright Lecture Series presentations is free. For more information, call (205) 652-3892.

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