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Sustainability Film Series – Greenscreen

A collection of the best environmentally focused films skillfully crafted by students at the University of Minnesota. The filmmakers will be present to discuss their work and answer questions after the screenings. Part of the Sustainability Film Series 2011, an innovative and exciting collaborative series of films and panel discussions designed to generate awareness, conversation and […]

Fascinating Rhythms: A Conference on the History and Philosophy of Biological Rhythms Research

From early studies on the timing of plant germination and bird migration to the more recent search for the molecular mechanisms underlying circadian rhythms, the concepts of biological clocks and periodicities have been important to many areas of biology, including ecology, evolutionary biology, zoology, plant physiology, animal behavior, molecular biology, and biomedicine. Indeed, studies of […]

April 26, 2012: Occupy Wall Street – Discussion with Karen Ho and Hannah Chadeayne Appel

Karen Ho and Hannah Chadeayne Appel examine the Occupy Wall Street movement. Karen Ho is Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Minnesota, and author of Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street. Hannah Appel is an anthropologist, currently a postdoctoral fellow with the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. She has been participating in the […]

Embodying Abundance and Scarcity in Minnesota, 1830-1930 – A presentation by Evan Roberts

Evan Roberts (History) reports on his recent project with John Himes (Epidemiology), Christopher Isett (History), and J. Michael Oakes (Epidemiology) using historical sources and socio-biological methods to investigate how economic, environmental, and social conditions shaped people’s life chances by shaping their bodies. The team used height, weight, and social and medical information from approximately 8,000 […]

Globalization and the Mismeasurement of Poverty – Presentation by Jim Glassman

Perspectives developed by economic geographers on the complex heterogeneity of global economic space have largely been missing from broader debates about globalization, poverty, and inequality.  Glassman argues that taking the heterogeneity of global economic space seriously poses insuperable barriers to the employment of a meaningful and non-redundant concept of income poverty.  Recognition of this result […]

The Abundance of the Copy: Generic Medicines and the Politics of Equivalence

A Presentation by Cori Hayden Can rich people’s medicines and poor people’s medicines “really” be the same? This is the question that consumers in Mexico started asking with the arrival of generic medicines on the commercial landscape in the early 2000s. The same but (similar), the same but (cheaper), the same but (different): consumers of […]

Eating Bitterness: Stories from the Front Lines of China’s Great Urban Migration

A book talk with award-winning journalist Michelle Dammon Loyalka Every year over 200 million peasants flock to China’s urban centers, providing a profusion of cheap labor that helps fuel the country’s staggering economic growth. Award-winning journalist Michelle Dammon Loyalka discusses her new book, in which she follows the trials and triumphs of eight such migrants–including […]

Nicholas Jordan, April 6, 2012

Nicholas Jordan is a Professory of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of MInnesota where he also oversees the Graduate Program in Conservation Biology. His research program in agricultural ecology addresses use of biological diversity to improve on-farm productivity and resource efficiency, while reducing harmful environmental effects of agroecosystems. The interview can also be downloaded […]

Pharmaceutical Crises and Questions of Value: Terrains and Logics of Global Therapeutic Politics

Kaushik Sunder Rajan explores how the contemporary global terrain of drug development is constituted by different logics of crisis. He explores this terrain through an empirical focus on pharmaceutical logics and politics in the United States and India today, which are constituted, at the very least, by interrelations between multinational corporate interests, the local generic drug […]

Biocultural Diversity, Language, and Environmental Endangerment

Panel discussion with Winona LaDuke, Luisa Maffi, and K. David Harrison Winona LaDuke is a Native American activist, environmentalist, and writer, with books including The Militarization of Indian Country (2011), Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming (2005), All our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life (1999), and a novel – Last […]

Mapping the Mississippi

A discussion with Pat Nunnally and Mary deLaittre The Mississippi River above St. Anthony Falls is perhaps the least “legible” part of the river in Minneapolis. Join River Life coordinator Pat Nunnally and Mary deLaittre, President of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, for a highly visual “tour” of this poorly understood section of the city. Over […]

Reframing the Access to Medicines Debate: Health as a Global Public Good

Presentation by Jeffrey Sturchio  In recent decades, the benefits of new medicines and vaccines from pharmaceutical research and development have transformed the health of populations living in developed economies. Yet billions of people living in poverty have not yet benefited from these innovations. Dr. Sturchio will explore the reasons why so many have limited access […]

“Climate Change, Crisis, and Resilience: Perspectives from History”, a talk by Sam White

Climate change forecasts for the coming century have added to alarms over scarcity, mass migration, and instability in the developing world. This presentation will discuss current concerns in light of past climate fluctuations and crises, particularly during the early modern “Little Ice Age.” It will examine previous patterns in impacts and vulnerabilities and consider why […]

The Long Shadow of American Slavery: Human Capital, 1850-1910 – a presentation by Richard Steckel, Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Richard Steckel, a pioneer in the field of anthropometric history, which uses stature and other anthropometric measures to assess health and nutrition in the past, discusses six linked phenomena observed in Southern black history: a sudden rise in wealth in the late 1800s; extremely short slave children and relatively tall adults; child mortality rates that […]

Financialization, Food Pricing, and Speculation – A presentation by Steve Suppan, Thursday, November 17, 2011

This talk is a great chance to learn more about crucially important aspects of the political economy of the food system such as factors in commodity price volatility, the deregulation of derivatives markets, and the battle by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to implement the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act opposed by […]

Social Networking and Disaster Recovery – A talk by Peter Kerre, November 10, 2011

Peter Kerre moved from Minneapolis to Manhattan in 2010 to pursue his career as a nationally recognized DJ and as an information security specialist, but he knew that he needed to help out after the May 22, 2011 tornado that devastated his old neighborhood. Using a combination of Facebook and word of mouth, he created the North […]

From Agronomy to Gastronomy: Acquiring a Taste for the Tensions of Interdisciplinarity

Panel discussion on interdisciplinary approaches to food studies. Panel participants include Margaret Adamek, Terra Soma Consulting Services; Nicholas Jordan, Department of Agronomy & Plant Genetics; Mindy Kurzer, Department of Food Science and Nutrition; and Jeffrey Pilcher, Department of History. Panel chair Valentine Cadieux, Department of Geography. Cosponsored by Office for Student Affairs, Campus Club, School […]

Crossing ‘La Terre Noire’: Refurbishing Roads and Encountering Sacred Space in Post-Colonial Dahomey and Benin – A talk by Marcus Filippello, October 20, 2011

Marcus Filippello is a visiting assistant professor in history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his doctorate in African history from the University of California-Davis in 2010. Professor Filippello is in residence in fall 2011 with the Environment, Culture, and Sustainability group of Quadrant. During his residency, Professor Filippello was interviewed by the Bat […]

China’s Green Revolution and African Agricultural Development. William Moseley, October 14, 2011

China’s Green Revolution and African Agricultural Development: Dis-Oriented Histories and Misapplied Lessons Download: audio, small video, or original. Q&A Download: audio, small video, or original. William Moseley is a professor in the Department of Geography at Macalester College where he teaches about and researches political ecology, tropical agriculture, environment and development policy, and livelihood security. […]

The Poem’s Phenomenon – A presentation by Amir Hussain, Tuesday, October 11

Amir Hussain is a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Minnesota and a graduate assistant at the Institute for Advanced Study. He maintains a public blog, abundanceandscarcity, that explores issues and events from the Institute’s University Symposium on Abundance & Scarcity. His “Night Poem” and “Hour Poem” appear in Beloit Poetry Journal and Faultline: […]

Known Unknowns: The Problem with GMO Research – A Presentation by Glenn Davis Stone, Thursday, September 29, 2011

Glenn Davis Stone is an anthropologist who studies the ecological, political, and cultural aspects of small farmers. His major research efforts have involved population, conflict, and the organization of production in Nigeria, and agricultural biotechnology in India. He is the incoming president of Anthropology & Environment, and Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Washington University, […]

Glenn Davis Stone, Thursday, September 29, 2011

Glenn Davis Stone is an anthropologist who studies the ecological, political, and cultural aspects of small farmers. His major research efforts have involved population, conflict, and the organization of production in Nigeria, and agricultural biotechnology in India. He is the incoming president of Anthropology & Environment, and Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Washington University, […]

China Insights—Unsettling Consequences: A Conversation with Thomas Rose and Joseph Allen, September 15, 2011

Joseph Allen is a professor of Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Minnesota. His research specialties include a focus on Chinese poetry and poetics, contemporary uses of the past, and colonialist photography. Thomas Rose is a sculptor and a professor of Art at the University of Minnesota. His work is particularly interested in the […]

Tushaanal: Fires of Dry Grass – Ananya Dance Theatre

Ananya Dance Theatre (ADT) will present the world premiere of Tushaanal: Fires of Dry Grass, September 8-11 at the Southern Theater. The piece is the second in a four-part, anti-violence series exploring how women in global communities of color experience and resist violence. Tushaanal (“fires of dry grass” in Bengali) revolves around stories of gold, an element […]

Pharmaceutical Geographies, Pharmaceutical Economies

Spring 2012 Instructors: Susan Craddock (Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and the Institute for Global Studies) and Dominique A. Tobbell (Program in the History of Medicine) Schedule: Tuesdays 2:30-5 p.m. ever other week starting on January 24. Location: Nolte Center Composition: Faculty, graduate students, and P&As Participation Information Course Description: This seminar explores the pharmaceutical industry as a locus […]

Valentine Cadieux, August 10, 2011

Download: audio, small video, or original. Valentine Cadieux is Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Hamline University, and a convener of the 2013-16 IAS Agrifood Collaborative. Cadieux has been involved with several IAS events, including How We Talk about Feeding the World, Mapping Ways of Knowing Food Across Campus, Anatomy of a Collaboration, and Exploring […]

Jeffrey Pilcher, August 8, 2011

Jeffrey M. Pilcher is a professor of History at the University of Minnesota, where he researches teaches classes on food and drink in world history. He is editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the History of Food. His works include the award-winning !Que vivan los tamales! Food and the Making of Mexican Identity (1998),The Sausage Rebellion: Public Health, […]

Climate Change, Inequality, and International Lawmaking: New Governance Approaches to Addressing Abundance and Scarcity

This project takes an interdisciplinary law and geography approach to rethinking climate change governance and its capacity to address the inequitable distribution of emissions, impacts, and adaptation. The existing international legal approach’s focus on nation-state negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) and its progeny fails to capture other important entities […]

Speculations on ‘Tradition’ and Value: Scarcity/Abundance of Embodied Cultural Practices in the Global South

By resorting to an analysis of worth and value, and its associations with scarcity, this research project  speculates on how creativity and innovation affect in contrasting, disparate ways the production of embodied ‘traditions’ in the global South and the uses of ‘traditional’ forms in World Dance and World Music. We call attention to the reification […]

Moreechika/ Season of Mirage

Conceptualizing, creating and performing Moreechika, Season of Mirage provides the basis for this collaborative project. Moreechika will explore the affect oil drilling projects have on global communities of color and portray how women from these communities resist and survive systemic and hierarchical violences associated with these projects. We plan to contrast the abundance of oil and financial gain with […]

The Food-Based Community Economy: Understanding how Community Enterprises Provide for those Experiencing Food Scarcity

The problem of food scarcity in the US has resulted in the creation of a diverse array of food-based community enterprises such as food pantries and buying clubs that aim to provide food to marginalized populations. In this study, we conduct case studies of three distinct food-based community enterprises in Duluth, Minnesota to better understand […]

Embodying Abundance and Scarcity in Minnesota, c. 1830 – 1930

This project draws on historical sources and socio-biological methods to ask how economic, environmental, and social conditions shaped people’s life chances by shaping their bodies. We will use height, weight, and social and medical information from approximately 8,000 Minnesotans born after 1830 to pinpoint periods of nutritional abundance and scarcity, and compare changes in Minnesota […]

Jariland Spence, July 1, 2011

video podcast (302.2 MB) or audio file (.mp3 – 53.2 MB). Jariland Spence is pastor of God’s Prayer Center, which she founded in North Minneapolis in May of 2008. For the previous twelve years, Spence worked in her sewing and alterations shop on West Broadway and had a front row seat to the increasing murder, drug dealing […]

Dara Strolovitch, Faculty Fellow, Spring 2011

Dara Strolovitch (Department of Political Science, CLA), Spring 2011 Project: “When Bad Things Happen to Privileged People” During her fellowship, Strolovitch completed several projects: the article “Intersectionality in Time,” forthcoming in Politics & Gender; a co-authored chapter “Gender and Civil Society Organizations,” forthcoming in Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics (Laurel Weldon, Georgina Waylen, Karen […]

Practicing Science, Technology and Rhetoric: The North-South Divide in an Emerging Global Order

Bernadette Longo (Department of Writing Studies, CLA), Spring 2011 Project: “Risk: The Democratic Republic of Congo Edition” Longo planned and carried out an international colloquium, “Practicing Science, Technology, and Rhetoric: The North-South Divide in an Emerging Global Order.” The colloquium, which took place in April, was in conjunction with the University Symposium on Abundance & […]

Sustainability Film Series – Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

Working backwards through history, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo explores the mystery of the development of Japan’s love affair with bugs. Using insects like an anthropologist’s toolkit, the film uncovers Japanese philosophies that will shift Westerners’ perspectives on nature, beauty, life, and even the seemingly mundane realities of their day-to-day routines. Panel Discussion to follow screening. […]

Sustainability Film Series – Truck Farm

Truck Farm takes a look at the quirky world of urban agriculture. After filmmaker Ian Cheney (King Corn) plants a garden in the back of his pickup truck, he and theTruck Farm set out to explore the rooftops, barges and windows that represent New York Cityʼs newest edible oases. Can these urban farmers feed a city? Can […]

Talking Over Food: Abundance and Scarcity in the 21st Century

Fall 2011 Instructors:  Valentine Cadieux (Geography) and Rachel Schurman (Sociology) Schedule: Meets Fridays 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Composition: Faculty, graduate students, and P&As Participation Information Draft syllabus Course Description: This course is designed to generate a stimulating interdisciplinary discussion about alternative understandings and implications of food abundance and scarcity in an era when both are on […]

Rick Duque, April 28, 2011

Rick Duque is a professor of Social Studies of Sciences at the University of Vienna. After finishing his Ph.D. at Louisiana State University in 2007, he was a visiting professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana lecturing in Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Science, Global Social Change, and the Sociology of Disaster. Since then, Prof. Duque […]

Practicing Science, Technology and Rhetoric: The North-South Divide in an Emerging Global Order. A Colloquium on Technology, Culture, & Communication.

Mapping Digital Brain Drain: A Presentation by Rick Duque Resilient Technologies, Resilient Knowledge Communities, Resilient Cultures: A Joint Presentation by Rick Duque, Isabella Wagner, and Sonja Weber Available for download as audio (.mp3 – 57.3 MB) or video (.m4v – 295.0 MB). Question and Answer Session: Duque, Wagner, and Weber These presentations with Rick Duque, Isabella Wagner, […]