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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 […]