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The George Perkins Marsh Institute and Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library announce the 2021-22 Academic Year Seminar Series. Seminars will present cutting-edge research on human/environment interactions taking place at Clark University and are designed to catalyze discussions regarding future research possibilities. Seminars are open to all and will take place from 12:15 pm-1:15 pm. in the Sackler Science Center (S122). The format is a 40-45 minute presentation followed by 15-20 minutes of question and discussion. Interaction with speakers is encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided.

Spring Semester:

  • 2/3/2022 – Asha Best: title TBD
  • 3/3/2022 – Florencia Sangermano: “Connecting Massachusetts’ landscapes to soundscapes”
  • 4/7/2022 – Theo Eisenman: title TBD
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Intercultural Methodologies for Confronting Neo-extractivism in the Willimapu, Chile

In the Willimapu territory of southern Chile, water is at the heart of conflicts involving contemporary extractive industries like hydropower development. For Mapuche communities, territorial defense today involves intercultural knowledge production for mapmaking, court cases, and interdisciplinary water studies. In this presentation, Kelly will discuss the methodological and institutional elements of the research that support […]

Documentary “What happened to the bees?”

What happened to the bees Documental Ambulante A.C., Mexico The documentary unmasks the privileges of transnational corporations and shows the effects of capitalism on the social and ecological structures of indigenous communities in Mexico. The struggle of Mayan communities reveals the contrasts between traditional methods, sustainable and respectful of the ecosystem, and the industrial work […]

Sponsored by: Extractives@Clark

Ethical sourcing in jewelry: Metals, diamonds and gemstones

A look at traceable, responsible materials from small-scale mining and recycled goods in the jewelry sector, and areas for greatest impact from a jeweler's perspective. Anna Bario and co-founder Page Neal created Bario Neal in 2008 with the shared idea that our most precious things come with a story. To them, creating objects of lasting […]

T’áá hwó ají t’éego and the end of the Navajo coal industry

via zoom

Andrew Curly In 2021 the Navajo Generating Station, a long standing symbol of coal energy in the southwest, was demolished. The power plant ended operations the previous year, which signaled the end of coal mining in Black Mesa. In this presentation, Curley will discuss the deeper meaning and contestations of coal within the Navajo Nation […]

Sponsored by: Extractives@Clark

Adapting to Global Environmental Change: How Can We Ensure Food Security in a Time of Uncertainty?

Meha Jain Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan “Adapting to Global Environmental Change: How Can We Ensure Food Security in a Time of Uncertainty?” Assistant Professor Jain’s research examines the impacts of environmental change on agricultural production, and strategies that farmers may adopt to reduce negative impacts. She does this by […]

The Impermanence of Protected Areas

The Clark Center for the Study of Natural Resource Extraction and Society presents: The Impermanence of Protected Areas: Challenges and Opportunities for Conservation Science, Policy, and Practice Rachel Golden Kroner, Conservation International Rachel Golden Kroner is a social scientist at the Moore Center for Science at Conservation International, focused on environmental governance. She leads the organization’s work […]