Two practicing anthropologists will present and discuss their work on the connections between natural resources, commodities culture, and citizenship in Egypt and Ecuador.
The Environmental Citizenship Speaker Series is an ongoing opportunity to engage the entire St. Mary’s College community in a sustained conversation about nature, national identity, and how stewardship shapes our individual and collective beliefs, attitudes, and actions in the public sphere. How does nature fit into our conceptions of citizenship? In what ways do communities cultivate attitudes and aptitudes aimed at moving society toward a more environmentally, socially, and economically just path? What is the role of science and the liberal arts in shaping human-nature interactions? Since environmental stewardship is central to the school’s mission and values, it is essential we explore publicly how it connects with and underscores central tenets of liberal arts education; namely, cultivating civic responsibility and leadership potential through critical and creative dialogue across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.