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Great Ape Trust scientist to discuss conservation in Rwanda

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Benjamin Beck

MEDIA CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

Drake University will host Benjamin Beck of Great Ape Trust
of Iowa for a lecture on Thursday, April 9, focusing on conservation in
Rwanda’s Giswati Forest.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin
at 3 p.m. in Drake’s Bulldog Theater in Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave.

Beck, scientist at Great Ape Trust and director of
conservation, will deliver a lecture titled, “Rwanda’s Giswati Forest: A
Forest of Hope or a Conservation Alamo for Chimpanzees?” Read more about
Beck online.

The lecture is part of Drake’s Engaged Citizen Experience
Program, which aims to inform students on global issues and help them
understand the ways in which citizens can confront these challenges through
democracy. This year’s theme is: “Poverty, Development and Social
Responsibility: Whose World is it Anyway?”

The series will conclude with the following event, which is
free and open to the public:

  • April
    21 — Second Annual Engaged Citizen Experience Town Hall Meeting, keynote
    address by Mark Kende, the James Madison chair in constitutional law and
    director of the Constitutional Law Center, followed by student group
    presentations, 6 p.m., Parents Hall, Olmsted Center.

For more information on the Engaged Citizen Experience
program and its events, contact John Burney at 515-271-3804 or john.burney@drake.edu.