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The All-Star Lecture Series continues Friday, Oct. 2, with the executive director of International Expeditions Steve Cox. Cox will present his talk "The Amazon and Cuba: Protecting People and Places through Ecotourism" at 3 p.m. at the Auburn Alumni Center. A graduate of Auburn University, Cox worked for nine years as an assistant to U.S. Senator John Sparkman both in his Washington and Birmingham offices. Upon Senator Sparkman’s retirement in 1978, Cox worked with Southern Progress Corporation and helped develop a Tour Department for the readers of Progressive Farmer Magazine. During the two years with Progressive Farmer Tours he traveled extensively in Europe and Asia. In 1980, Cox left Southern Progress and joined Richard Ryel to form International Expeditions, Inc. as an eco-tourism organization which funded its conservation and education projects in developing countries with funds generated by tours to the great wildlife destinations worldwide. Over the past 35 years the company has become recognized as the world leader in nature travel and specializes in operating travel programs for groups and individuals. Cox is recognized as one of the leading experts in the U.S. for licensed American travel to Cuba with a specialty in environmental educational and cultural themes. The talks in the All-Star Lecture Series take place each Friday before home football games for fans wanting to learn more about Auburn history, people, sports, programs and research. Read more about the series at this website.