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WHO & WHAT: Following decades of war, Dr. Alex Dehgan moved to Afghanistan in 2006 to build the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Afghanistan Program to protect snow leopards and other endangered species there.

His recent book, The Snow Leopard Project: And Other Adventures in Warzone Conservation, takes readers along with him and his team through some of the most dangerous places in postwar Afghanistan as they work to establish the country’s first national park, complete some of the first extensive wildlife surveys in 30 years, and act to stop the poaching of the country’s iconic endangered animals, including the snow leopard.

Dehgan, a former diplomat and now an evolutionary biologist, will reflect on innovative approaches to advancing the environment and security in some of the most politically and ecologically fragile places in the world, while exploring connections between conservation and political stability. This talk will also consider the larger changes of the political landscape and evolving U.S. positions toward Afghanistan, while showing spectacular imagery from Afghanistan that never crosses our televisions or computers.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., and there will be a cash bar from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Books will be available for signing and purchase after the presentation.

WHERE: New England Aquarium Simons IMAX Theatre, Central Wharf, Boston

HOW: Pre-registration is encouraged on the Aquarium’s website, www.neaq.org/learn/lectures/upcoming-lectures/ or call 617-973-5200 for more information.

NOTE: The Aquarium Lecture Series is presented free to the public through the generosity of the Lowell Institute. Registration is requested. Most lectures are recorded and available for viewing on the New England Aquarium YouTube channel.

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