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Conversations With Scholars

100 Library Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Dates: February 23, 2019
Phone: (919) 968-2777
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Endangered Species, Imperiled Ways of Life - Endangered Species, Imperiled Ways of Life, Julie Velásquez Runk Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Georgia & Research Associate, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Runk’s current project, “Entangled Rosewood” uses loss as a means to reflect on who we are (being) and how we are in relationship with others and place (belonging). Runk argues that Panama’s volatile rosewood logging, following Chinese demand, challenged indigenous Wounaan to confront marginalization from rocketing economic growth and assert powerful ideas around being and belonging. Assembling years of data—histories, stories, logging permits, port data, video walks, and museum photos—she confronts the separation of Amerindian reality from globalization and politics. This collaborative book project illustrates radical hope within ontological precarity and reveals global processes that shape disparity and struggles for equality.