EarthTalk lecture series takes place Nov. 15, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6

A lecture series sponsored by the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the Penn State Institute of Energy and the Environment, the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, the Department of Geography, and the Center for Global Studies is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Mondays in 112 Walker Building on Penn State's University Park campus.

Upcoming EarthTalk speakers:

EarthTalks speaker to explore the processes of social ecological change and adaptations to drought.

Don Nelson, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia, will examine the relationship between culture and environment and how they shape each other through the lens of a semiarid environment in northeast Brazil on Monday, Nov. 15. Nelson's presentation is titled "Systems in Motion: Looking Backwards to Move Forward."

EarthTalks speaker to examine patterns of resilience in post-genocide Rwanda.

Maggie Zraly, visiting assistant professor in anthropology at Miami University, will discuss how youth heads of household are resorting to a cultural pattern of resilience, kwihangana (withstanding suffering), to adapt to conditions in post-genocide Rwanda on Monday, Nov. 29.  As a Fulbright scholar and National Science Foundation International Research Fellow, Zraly spent three years in Rwanda studying resilience among survivors of genocide rape and youth heads of households.  Her talk is titled "Resilience Apparently: Kwihangana Among Youth Heads of Household in Post Genocide, Urban Rwanda."

EarthTalks speaker will discuss management of ecosystem services.

Elena Bennett, assistant professor in the McGill School of Environment and the Department of Natural Resource Science (McGill University), will discuss how management of ecosystem services should focus on interactions among ecosystem services on Monday, Dec. 6.  Bennett's talk is titled "Modeling and Managing Ecosystem Service Interaction for Resilient Social Ecological Systems" and it is the last of the fall 2010 EarthTalk series.


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Last Updated January 09, 2015