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Global Speaker Series – The Hotchkiss School


Date:
January 26, 2016
Time:
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sponsored by the Dragons Global Education Fund, in partnership with The Futurity Foundation 501(c)-3, the Global Speaker Series identifies Dragons’ finest global educators and makes them available to speak in classrooms across the country.

 

Summer Abroad Programs in China

Topic: The Meeting of Spirituality and Ecology in Andean Cosmovision
Speaker: Jackson Cooper
Synopsis: Traditional Andean belief-systems have always placed humans in a reciprocal relationship with nature. In this relationship, balance is paramount, and nothing can be taken without giving something in return. In this talk, Jackson shares the philosophies he has learned from Quechua and Aymara communities in Peru and Bolivia and discusses how these philosophies contribute to a more harmonious relationship between humankind and the natural world.
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Summer Abroad Programs in China
Topic: Perspectives on Village Life in China
Speaker: Jackson Cooper
Synopsis: During its millennia of history, China’s population has been primarily rural. Even with massive migration to cities in recent years, most new urbanites still have ties to the village. A key to understanding modern China, then, is an understanding of rural China. Having lived and traveled in villages across China, from the Shandong peninsula to the “wild west” of Tibetan Gansu to minority villages in Yunnan Province, Jackson introduces his perspective on village life in China and relates it to his experiences living in the metropolises of Beijing and Kunming.
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Summer Abroad Programs in China
Topic: Ethnobotany: Tea and Coca
Speaker: Jackson Cooper
Synopsis: Ethnobotany is the study of people and plants and the relationship between the two. In the history of this relationship, the leaves of two plants have become integral to the cultures that use them. The first is tea, which has been consumed in China for thousands of years and is now shipped to every corner of the world. The second is coca, a plant long held sacred in the Andes and consumed daily, which has more recently turned into a controversial global commodity. As prime examples of the interactions amongst nature, culture, and globalization, Jackson will introduce each of these plants in their cultural contexts and discuss the rituals that surround them, as well as the complex roles they have developed in the modern, globalized world.
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