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Cultural Anthropologist to Discuss Sustainable Transportation at Hamilton College

By Cindy McNicholl

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October 24, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Location: Fillius Events Barn at Hamilton College

Link: http://www.hamilton.edu/levitt/speaker-series/levitt-speakers-home

Event Description

Cultural anthropologist Luis Vivanco, director of the Global and Regional Studies Program and founding director of the Global Studies Program at the University of Vermont, will present a lecture titled “Reconsidering the Bicycle,” based on his book by the same name.

Vivanco's scholarship focuses on understanding the cultural and political aspects of environmental change and efforts to “save nature” through environmental social movements.

This research, which he has conducted in Costa Rica, Mexico and the U.S., explores how meanings of nature and social change are debated, negotiated, imposed and resisted across diverse social contexts, including community environmental and indigenous groups, the ecotourism economy and advocacy and sustainable development organizations. In recent years, Vivanco has also developed a distinct but related research program investigating the rise of sustainable transportation movements and alternatives to automobiles in urban areas, specifically focused on the relationship between bicycle transportation, environmental sustainability and quality of life.
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