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"Galápagos Belonging: Finding a Space for Human History in Evolution's Laboratory"

Release date: February 23, 2012

Goucher College is presenting "Galápagos Belonging: Finding a Space for Human History in Evolution's Laboratory," a talk by Jill Constantino of Harvard University, on Thursday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Kelley Lecture Hall.

Constantino will talk about conflicts between conservationists and ordinary residents in the Galápagos Islands. On the remote Ecuadorian archipelago, conservationists work to preserve the species made famous by Charles Darwin, while human residents engage in a politics of historical and geographical claim-staking to legitimate social belonging. Constantino argues that these tensions blur the boundaries of evolutionary and historical time. 

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the box office at 410-337-6333 or boxoffice@goucher.edu.

As a lecturer in the social anthropology program at Harvard, Constantino teaches on human/plant/animal relations, evolution and history, constructions of nature, environmental anthropology, the anthropology of islands, Latin America, the history and discourse of science, writing and anthropology, cyborgs, and how different beings adapt with political projects and medical and technological innovations. Her recent research has taken her to the Galápagos Islands, where she is studying conflicts between fishermen and scientists.

Constantino's presentation at Goucher College is sponsored by the departments of Environmental Studies and Anthropology/Sociology.