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Global Cultural Studies Assistant Professors J. Dwight Hines, Ph.D., and Robert Ross, Ph.D., recently presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in New York City.

In his presentation, entitled "Crying Wolf: The Class-Cultural Implications of Canis Lupus ReIntroduction in the 'New' American West," Hines discussed how the reintroduction of the North American grey wolf to its prior habitat within Yellowstone National Park has created conflict between competing class-cultural interests, which are playing out between federal and state wildlife management agencies, state and county governments, and private citizens, with profound implications to the political ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

In his presentation "Gentrification, Robots, and Warfare: Deception and the Defense Industry from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Kabul, Afghanistan," Ross critically examined the emerging robotics industry in Pittsburgh and the relationships between urbanization, capital accumulation, and U.S. imperialism. He also discussed how urban development in the U.S. affects warfare in the Middle East.

About the Global Cultural Studies Program

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in global cultural studies prepares students for a variety of career fields and graduate programs. The program provides a broad foundation for students who are hungry for knowledge in the traditional university disciplines but who also see the necessity of confronting new global issues and realities.