LACIS Lunchtime Lecture Series

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall
*Please note that we serve lunch on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at Noon. Lunch is followed by the lecture at 12:30.*

All lectures in italics will have a special race and indigineity focus.

Spring 2020:

January 28: “Colombia after the conflict: Implementing the most ambitious peace deal in the world” / Presented by Mariana Palau, Colombian-American journalist based in Colombia.

February 4: “Food Sovereignty, autonomy and security: Dilemmas and policies in the triple Amazon frontier between Colombia, Brazil, and Peru” / Presented (in Spanish with simultaneous English translation) by Olga Lucia Chaparro Africano, PhD Candidate in Amazon Studies, National University of Colombia, Amazon Campus.

February 11: “Bridging Science and Amazonian Knowledge in Ecuador: A Role for the Environmental Humanities” / Presented by Tod Swanson, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Senior Sustainability Scholar at Arizona State University’s Global Institute for Sustainability.

February 18: “Colombia Today: Peace, War, and Protests” / Presented by Tinker Visiting Professor Jorge Tovar (Associate Professor, Economics Department, Universidad de los Andes).

February 25: “Amazon: The Importance of the Rainforest Ecosystem, from the Soils Perspective” / Presented by Tinker Visiting Professor Mauricio Fontes (Professor of Soil Science, Universidade Federal de Vicosa, Brazil).

March 3: Lucha por el territorio y el agua en el Rio Yaqui, Sonora, Mexico” / “The fight for land and water rights in the Yaqui River area of Sonora, Mexico” / Presented (in Spanish with simultaneous English translation) by Mario Luna Romero.

March 10: “Antropoloops: Open Musical Collages” (Live Multimedia Performance) / Presented by Ruben Alonso, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Malaga, Spain. **This special event is presented with the Division of the Arts IARP, Gizelxanath Rodriguez, and Ben Barson.**

March 24: “SUGAR MACHINE: Medical Technologies and Plantation Legacies in the Caribbean Diabetes Epidemic” / Presented by Amy Moran-Thomas, Associate Professor of Anthropology at MIT.

March 31: “Indigenous Philosophies of Wellbeing: Allin Kawsay/Buen Vivir in Peru and Mauri Ora in Aotearoa New Zealand” / Presented by Mariaelena Huambachano, Indigenous scholar and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies at the School of Human Ecology, and Director of Biodiversity Protection and Indigeneity at UW-Madison.

April 7: “Women’s Voices. New Approaches to Mexico’s Human Rights Crisis” / Presented by Lucia Melgar, cultural critic and professor of literature and gender studies.

April 14: “Staying Human: Environmental Humanities, Climate Change Adaptation, and Small Scale Agriculture in the Eastern Caribbean” / Presented by Kevin Meehan, Professor of English & Director, Haitian Studies Project, University of Central Florida

April 21: “Socioeconomical Aspects and Sustainability of Dual Purpose Production Cattle Farms in Central Mexico” / Presented by Benito Albarran-Portillo, Professor, Centro Universitario UAEM Temascaltepec.

April 28: LACIS’ Migration Conference, Pyle Center

May 5: TBA