ICS Lecture: “Caribbean Social-Environmental Transitions in the Era of Globalization”


As part of its Conferencias Caribeñas 15, the Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “Transiciones socioambientales del Caribe en la era de la globalización” [Caribbean Social-Environmental Transitions in the Era of Globalization] by Dr. Reinaldo Funes Monzote (Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez de la Naturaleza y el Hombre / University of Havana, Cuba). Dr. Juan Giusti Cordero (Department of History, School of Humanities, UPR-RP) will comment the lecture.  

The activity will be held on Thursday, September 18, from 1:00 to 3:30pm at the Manuel Maldonado Denis Amphitheatre (CRA 108) of the Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building, School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: The study of environmental issues presents a deficit compared to other privileged terrains in historical studies of the Caribbean. A large part of the attention to the issue is usually due to professionals from the natural sciences or geography. This presentation proposes an approach to social and environmental transitions in regional post-Columbian history from a framework of environmental history and the theoretical approach of social metabolism, tools for interdisciplinary and transnational perspectives. The analysis will focus on aspects such as the flow of energy and materials in society, technological changes and the evolution of science, the environmental impacts of economic activities, environmental policies, and ideas about nature and environmental movements.

This lecture will be broadcast LIVE online through the following website: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71

Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be welcome at: iec@uprrp.edu

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

See the Institute of Caribbean Studies on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#%21/pages/Instituto-de-Estudios-del-Caribe-UPR/146169468754542?ref=sgm\

For more on the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Man, see http://www.fanj.org/

Photo above from http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/cuba-the-accidental-eden/a-brief-environmental-history/5830/ (See related article “Cuba: The Accidental Eden)

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