Department of Geography and the Environment

Lecture: "Chico Mendes and Revolutionary Conservation in Amazonia: A Thirty-Year Retrospective" Friday, 2/15

Tue, February 5, 2019

Friday, February 15, 2019 | RLP 0.128 (Liberal Arts Building)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The LLILAS Benson Brazil Center and the Department of Geography present a lecture by Susanna Hecht, professor of Urban Planning, UCLA. Francisco Alves Mendes Filho, better known as Chico Mendes, was a Brazilian rubber tapper, trade union leader, and environmentalist. He fought to preserve the Amazon rainforest and advocated for the human rights of Brazilian peasants and indigenous peoples. He was assassinated by a rancher on December 22, 1988. This lecture will review the impact of his legacy.

Hecht’s research focuses on the intersections of economies, cultures, and land use, and the socio-environmental effects of these processes—an approach now widely known as political ecology. Her area of specialty is the Latin American tropics, more specifically Amazonia. Her research has major implications for understanding the dynamics of land-use change and what they imply about human relations with nature, economies, and tropical development. Her work includes analytics on climate change, mitigation, and rethinking of longer-term strategies under globalization, intense migration, and novel climate dynamics. Learn more:

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paloma Díaz.

To RSVP and receive event updates via Facebook, visit Chico Mendes and Revolutionary Conservation.

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