Binka Seminar

Friday, November 18, 2005
2:30 p.m.
175 Science Hall
550 N. Park Street

"Amazon Wastelands: An Environmentalist's Perspective on Land and Human Rights"

February 2005: 73-year-old American nun Dorothy Stang is murdered in Anapu, Para, Brazil for defending smallfarmers against loggers and landgrabbers. Drug smuggling, arms trading, slavery, illegal logging and wild cat mining are rampant in the area. The government sends in troops in a vain attempt to keep the peace. Meanwhile, agribusiness, cattle ranching, and a planned hydroelectric dam threaten public and indigenous lands.

October 2005: the upper Amazon is in the grip of a fierce drought. River levels continue to fall. Fish are dying and river communities are isolated.

Is there hope for the future of the Amazon?

Binka Le Breton, Iracambi Research Center, Minas Gerais, Brazil, traveled the TransAmazon Highway to find out. She discovered murder, mayhem and wholesale destruction. She also saw signs of what could be a positive future.

This Land Tenure Center Seminar is co-hosted by Global Studies and Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies.

Join us for refreshments following the seminar.