Buffett photo exhibit at Texas A&M brings conflict and development into focus

By Will King
Marketing and Communications Director
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

COLLEGE STATION – In conjunction with the official inauguration of the Center on Conflict & Development, a member of the new USAID Higher Education Solutions Network, 100 images documenting conflict in various forms and places are displayed on the Texas A&M University campus now through March 2013.

“Conflict & Development: The Nexus of Animals, Environment, and the Human Condition” is a multi-gallery exhibition exploring the nexus between conflict, wildlife, agriculture, the environment, and humans through the lens of Howard G. Buffett.

“Looking at the world through a camera lens led me to focus my early philanthropic efforts on wildlife conservation. In 2004, one aerial photo of slash-and-burn agriculture in Africa changed my perspective. As someone once told me, no one will starve to save a tree. Our ability to protect our natural resources will be a direct reflection of our ability to end human desperation driven by conflict, hunger, lack of adequate water resources and unproductive soils. This photo exhibit provides a glimpse into the experiences I’ve had in my travels that have informed my views on conflict and development,” Buffett said.

The exhibit is on loan from the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University and the Howard G. Buffett Endowed Chair on Conflict & Development. Exhibit partners include The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Bush School of Government and Public Service, and the School of Rural Public Health.

The exhibit will be hosted by the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Memorial Student Center Visual Arts Committee, and the Department of Animal Science.

Exhibit display schedule:

– Bush Library and Museum‟s Fidelity Corridor from Nov. 12, 2012 through March 31, 2013. Focus themes include indigenous peoples, portraits, immigration, conflict, poverty, hunger, agriculture and water.

– Memorial Student Center James R. Reynolds Student Gallery (Room 2421) from Nov. 12, 2012 through Jan. 6, 2013. Focus themes include wildlife and food assistance.

– Kleberg Animal and Food Sciences Center‟s Howard Hesby Student Atrium from Nov. 12, 2012 through March 31, 2013. Elements of animal agriculture are reflected in the photographic themes of water, wildlife, landscapes, agriculture and indigenous peoples.

For more information about the “Conflict & Development: The Nexus of Animals, Environment, and the Human Condition” exhibit go to http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/buffett.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University is part of the National Archives and Records Administration‟s Presidential Libraries network. The Bush Library and Museum preserves and makes available the records and artifacts of George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States. We promote civic literacy and increased historical understanding of our national experience, and foster a community of public service and volunteerism by offering rich educational and public programs, original museum exhibits and access to our archival holdings. For more information visit the Bush Library and Museum website at http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu.


For more information regarding news from the Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Science, Texas A&M University, please contact Courtney Coufal at cacoufal@tamu.edu or (979)845-1542.


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