Courtney Fullilove “The Ethics of Collecting in International Agricultural Biodiversity Preservation Projects”

“The Ethics of Collecting in International Agricultural Biodiversity Preservation Projects”

Courtney Fullilove

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 4-5:30 pm

Room 2-135

2011-08-18 at 02-37-55Climate change and the globalization of the food supply have renewed concern about food security and justified projects for the preservation of global agro-biodiversity. The Svalbard Seed Vault and numerous national and international gene banks aim to collect the world’s seeds for immediate and future research, and as a safeguard against manmade and natural disaster. Is collecting ethical? How do these projects engage the communities from which they collect? In a vocabulary increasingly shared by international development theory, history of science, and environmental studies, “local knowledge” describes perceptions, practices, and ideas apparently particular to a given community. How has this category been applied to biodiversity preservation projects in the late 20th and 21st centuries? What is its relationship to traditional and indigenous knowledge? Are these usable concepts? What are their implications for the ways we understand and organize global biodiversity? My examples will be drawn from my fieldwork on agro-biodiversity collecting expeditions in the former USSR.

Tim Fielder Talks about Afrofuturist Comics Apr. 27th

afrofuturistArtist/Illustrator and creator of the Afrofuturist comic Matty’s Rocket, Tim Fielder joins us for a live presentation this Wednesday, 4/27, 2-4pm 14E -304. Tim is a New York City based cartoonist and the founder of Dieselfunk Studios. Matty’s Rocket is a galaxy spanning tale about the adventures of space pilot, Matty Watty.  This animatic series is based in an alternative past where the pulp stylings of Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis collide with the real world events of World War 2, FDR, Nazis, the Harlem Renaissance and the oppressive Jim Crow era:

Hailing from the rural Mississippi Delta, Matty is a very strong young black woman with the charm and beauty of the girl next door. Through her ability to be forthright, honest, and hardworking she manages to get her space pilots license and eventually her own rocket ship.  Of course this doesn’t come without stress, as illustrated by Matty’s prematurely grey hair.

Attached is an electronic copy of the first issue, courtesy of the artist. Come meet Tim Fielder in person Wednesday!

The Film Experience on MIT Open Courseware

In a blog article about The Film Experience, Curt Newton’s article, “A Closer Look at The Film Experience,” talks to Literature Prof. David Thorburn. Prof. Thorburn says, “One of the ways that the study of literature and the study of film differs from the study of technical things, and the reason I teach it, is that it belongs to everyone, that it’s valuable for everyone. Not everyone needs to know about quantum mechanics. But I believe everyone should know how to read a good story, enjoy plays, know how to enjoy the movies.”


To read full article.

Re:Vision: Jennifer De Leon on Apr 21 at 5 in Hayden Library


W o m e n W r i t e r s R e a d i n g S e r i e s

Presented by MIT Women’s and Gender Studies & PEN New England

reVision flyer, Jennifer De Leon
Jennifer De Leon
Thursday, April 21st, 5:00pm
Hayden Library Reading Room, MIT
Reception & Refreshments

Jennifer De Leon is the editor of Wise Latinas:Writers on Higher Education. Her story “Home Movie” was chosen as the 2015 One City, One Story by the Boston Book Festival. Other work has appeared in Ploughshares, Ms., Poets & Writers, Guernica, Best Women’s Travel Writing, and elsewhere. De Leon is currently Children’s -Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library, where she is completing a young adult novel, Volar.

re:Vision Reading Series Co-sponsored by CMS/W, Literature, & MIT Libraries

“Re-vision—the act of looking back, of seeing with fresh eyes, of entering an old text from a new critical direction—is for women more than a chapter in cultural
history: it is an act of survival.”
—Adrienne Rich

A Celebration of the Arts and Sciences

A Celebration of the Arts and Sciences will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the House of the Academy in Cambridge, MA.

This program will feature a poetry reading by Sarton Prize winner Vanesha Pravin, whose poems have appeared in Slate, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Many Mountains Moving, Prodigal, and Phoebe. Her first collection of published poems, Disorder (University of Chicago Press, 2015), features a series of authentic narratives that cut across generations and geography.

The evening will also feature a presentation by Rumford Prize winners Dr. Federico Capasso and Dr. Alfred Cho. At Bell Laboratories in 1994, Drs. Capasso and Cho invented the quantum cascade (qc) laser. As part of their presentation, Drs. Capasso and Cho will discuss their invention of this revolutionary new light source, as well as some of its common applications.

All participants are asked to register online by Monday, April 4. For questions, please contact the Academy at