Over the past month the Amazon has become a focus of international outcry as news outlets and social media circulate images of a forest in flames. Come join three Penn State scholars who conduct research in different sites throughout the Amazon for the first of a series of events to be held over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year. In addition to reflecting on what by most accounts are the largest and most devastating fires in the history of the region, speakers will offer insight into the complex history behind the current crisis and place it in broader perspective by addressing the following issues:
Sarah J. Townsend (Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese): "The International Amazon”
Heather Randell (Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology): “Dams, Development, and Deforestation along the Transamazon Highway”
Georgia Ennis (Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Humanities and Information): "Demystifying Discourses of the Amazon: Indigenous Media, Representation, and the Climate Crisis”
Finally, come find out what you can do to support the Global Climate Strike on Friday, September 20.
Sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program, the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, the Sustainability Institute, the Center for Global Workers' Rights, the Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Program, the Center for Humanities and Information, and the Department of History.