Spring 2016 Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 16

Property arrangements and soy governance in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso: Implications for deforestation-free production

Lisa Rausch, Research Associate in the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Agriculture Hall, Seminar Room 301

Co-sponsored by Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies

Lisa Rausch is a geographer with expertise examining the drivers of agricultural expansion and the cultural, social, and institutional factors that promote or inhibit conservation-positive behaviors among agricultural actors.

In 2011, she was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to conduct dissertation research in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, where she carried out an in-depth case study on structural and individual changes in a farming community that has been profoundly transformed by forces of globalization and by targeted efforts to improve environmental licensing rates in the agriculture industry. Her results suggest that public commitments to conservation from influential organizations, companies, and other individuals reduce social anxiety among farmers about conservation efforts.

Tuesday, February 23

The county-scale concejo territorial of indigenous Honduras: Top-down or grassroots tenure instrument?

John Kelly, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse
Agriculture Hall, Seminar Room 301

Co-sponsored by Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies

John Kelly is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Earth Science at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. His research interests include land tenure and natural resource management in rural Latin America, particularly among indigenous peoples; and evolving cartographic methods, such as GIS-based participatory mapping, and combining traditional "static" maps with interactive web portals.

His current research focuses on comparing community reserves in Mexico and Central America in the wake of the general failure of top-down conservation and development protected areas, during the current period of diverse forms of post-neoliberal indigenous and rural territorial restructuring.

He is a contributing researcher to the University of Kansas-based Centroamèrica Indígena project, which seeks to help indigenous groups in Honduras to map, secure, and govern their territories while investigating why some groups in Central America are more successful at this than others.

Thursday, February 25

The Wilderness Idea in the age of the Anthropocene: Relevance and Issues

Brent Martin, Southern Appalachian Regional Director of the Wilderness Society
4:15 - 5:15
1153 Mechanical Engineering, 1513 University Avenue

LTC co-sponsor, Nelson Institute's Weston Roundtable Series

Brent Martin is a lifetime conservationist and lives in the historic Cowee community of western North Carolina. During his career in conservation he has worked for the Armuchee Alliance, Georgia Forestwatch, the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and The Wilderness Society. He has an MA and an ABD from Georgia State University in History, focusing on land use patterns and the environmental history of the northwest Georgia mountains.

Tuesday, March 15

Human Landscapes: Connecting People and Place

Dan Smith, Administrator of the Division of Agriculture Development at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Agriculture Hall, Seminar Room 301

Daniel Smith serves as Administrator of the Division of Agriculture Development at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. As Administrator, Smith guides the marketing of the state's agricultural products locally, regionally and internationally. He also directs the farm and business development services available through the division to grow Wisconsin agriculture.

Smith is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He owned and operated his own dairy farm in northwestern Illinois for thirty years. Upon relocating to Wisconsin, he served as Chief Executive Officer for Midwestern BioAg in Blue Mounds before being appointed Administrator for Agricultural Development by DATCP Secretary, Ben Brancel, in October of 2013.

Tuesday, April 5

Liberia's Land Rights Program and the Promise of Food Security and Poverty Reduction

Florence Chenoweth, Former Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Liberia and Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Liaison Office in New York
Agriculture Hall, Seminar Room 301

At age 32, Chenoweth became Africa's first female minister of agriculture. Following a violent coup in her native Liberia, she became a political refugee and eventually traveled to Madison to earn her doctorate. Through her research and subsequent employment with the UN's Food and Agriculture Office, Chenoweth has been heavily involved in agricultural reform projects in such countries as Zambia, Gambia and South Africa. More recently, she launched UW-Madison's Human Rights Initiative, which works toward education and reform in areas where fundamental human rights are denied. In the battle against such formidable opponents as political oppression, world hunger and the AIDS pandemic, Chenoweth turns to an enduring sense of optimism to drive her efforts. "Even in the darkest of times, I see hope at the end," she says.

Tuesday, April 19

Shaft is at the Roosevelt!: Race and Cultural Geography in Chicago's Loop, 1970-1975

Gerald Butters, Professor of History, Aurora University
Agriculture Hall, Seminar Room 301

Co-sponsored by the Department of History

Gerald R. Butters, Jr. is a Professor of History at Aurora University. He also teaches in the Masters of Liberal Studies program at Northwestern University. A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Butters has published three books including From Sweetback to Superfly: Race and Film Audiences in Chicago's Loop (2015), Banned in Kansas: Motion Picture Censorship, 1915-1966 (2007) and Black Manhood on the Silent Screen (2002). In Fall 2016, he (and Novotny Lawrence's) edited collection Beyond Blaxploitation will be published by Wayne State University Press. Butters' work has appeared in Flow, Choice, Reviews in American History, Cercles, The Journal for Multimedia History, Film and History and Film/Literature Quarterly. Butters has lectured internationally, including an address to the European Commission in Luxembourg in 2009.

Thursday, April 28

Will Africa Feed China?

Deborah Brautigam, Professor of Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Room 5246, Law School

LTC Co-sponsor, UW Center for the Humanities, Borghesi-Mellon Workshop

Dr. Deborah Brautigam has been writing about the fact and fiction of China and Africa; state-building; governance and foreign aid for more than 20 years. Her most recent book, Will Africa Feed China? (Oxford University Press, 2015), sheds light on the contrast between realities, and the conventional wisdom, on Chinese agricultural investment in Africa. She is also author of The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2010). Currently Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy, Director of the International Development Program and founding director of the China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), she has also held faculty appointments at American University, Columbia University, the University of Bergen, Norway, and been a senior research fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC. Dr. Brautigam has twice won the Fulbright research award. She is also a recipient of fellowships from the Council on Foreign Relations and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Sponsored by:

Land Tenure Center
Center for Integrated Agriculutral Systems (CIAS)
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences International Programs
Community and Environmental Sociology
Department of Soil Science