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Latin American Environmental History Lecture Series 2005

Supported by the President's Interdisciplinary Initiative Fund (PIF), in conjuntion with H54 Environmental History of Latin America

 

 

The Unnatural History of the Banana: Genetics, Aesthetics, and the Environment

 

Prof. John Soluri, Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, February 24, 2005, 7:00pm, Cole Assembly Room (Red Room), Converse Hall, Amherst College

Prof. Soluri is a leading scholar of Central American history, science, and environment. He will be speaking about his research on the links between consumers' culturally-shaped preferences, Central American environmental degradation, labor and land rights, and genetic modification in the production and marketing of bananas. His lecture will also address future prospects for sustainable trade, production, and market policies. Soluri's talk is sponsored by the Environmental History of Latin America Lecture Series, part of the Interdisciplinary Study of Latin American Environmental History Curricular Project supported by the President's Initiative Fund (PIF). It is also supported by the Five-College Latin American Studies Program and by the Environmental Studies Program at Mount Holyoke College . For more information visit http://www.amherst.edu/~ralopez.

 

Cultivating Agricultural Modernity: The History of Mexico's Green Revolution

Dr. Karin Matchett, University of Minnesota

Thursday, March 31, 7pm, Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College

Prof. Matchett will discuss her research on the environment and corn breeding in modern Mexico prior to the Green Revolution of the 1960s. She will discuss how modernizers sought to use science to “improve” corn by interbreeding various local peasants' varieties. These scientific efforts did not meet the expectations of either the modernizers or the peasants, nor did they reap many benefits for the Mexican nation. Dr. Matchett will consider how these efforts proceeded, and why they failed to meet expectations. Her talk is sponsored by the Environmental History of Latin America Lecture Series, part of the Interdisciplinary Study of Latin American Environmental History Curricular Project supported by the President's Initiative Fund (PIF). For more information visit http://www.amherst.edu/~ralopez.

 

Building Alternatives to Globalization in Latin America

Prof. David Barkin , Department of Economics, Universidad Autonoma - Xochimilco

Monday, April 11, 7pm, Pruyne Lecture Room (Room 115), Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College

Prof. Barkin will discuss recent initiatives designed to encourage ecologically sustainable rural economic development in Latin America . His talk will highlight how models for “sustainable regional resource management” have encouraged communities to use their inherited knowledge to improve their production capacities, while at the same time effectively manage the local ecosystem and improve their political capacity for self-government. His talk is sponsored by the Environmental History of Latin America Lecture Series, part of the Interdisciplinary Study of Latin American Environmental History Curricular Project supported by the President's Initiative Fund (PIF). For more information visit http://www.amherst.edu/~ralopez.

 

Department of History
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(413) 542.5846 — ralopez@amherst.edu