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UC MEXUS Series Continues April 24

UCR Seminar Addresses the Politics of Natural Resource Management April 24

UC MEXUS continues its series on topics relevant to Mexico and California.

(April 9, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Managing environmentally sensitive areas in a time of global competition for jobs and resources poses vexing questions for researchers. Four experts will discuss their findings at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at UC Riverside.

The “Resources Management” seminar features new research by scholars from UC Berkeley, UC Riverside and UC Santa Cruz. They will make their presentations in the UC MEXUS Conference Room, 3324 Olmsted Hall.

• James Barsimantov, from the Environmental Studies Program at UC Santa Cruz, will compare the potential and pitfalls of community forestry efforts in providing socioeconomic benefits and environmental services in Michoacan and Oaxaca.

• Natividad D. Herrera-Castro, from the Department of Anthropology at UC Riverside, will analyze the social and environmental impact of the Mexican coffee crisis on local communities and households in the Totonacán region of Veracruz, Mexico. She directs particular attention at women’s economic activities and how they complement family economies.

• Alison Lee, from the Department of Anthropology at UC Riverside, will examine how the politics of onyx extraction and resource control have shaped the economic and cultural transformation of the rural town of Zapotitlán.

• Elizabeth N. Shapiro, from the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management at UC Berkeley, will analyze international discourse surrounding payment for environmental services and discuss how these narratives influence the design and implementation of such programs in Mexico.

UC MEXUS postdoctoral scholar Brinda Sarathy will moderate the seminar

This is the seventh seminar in a yearlong series on topics relevant to Mexico and California held at UC MEXUS headquarters, 3324 Olmsted Hall.

The series is a project of the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS), a systemwide institute that makes its home on the UCR campus. Every month through September 2007 the Institute will bring together scholars from the University of California and Mexico from a wide range of disciplines such as sociology, history, anthropology, conservation biology and environmental sciences.

All programs are free and open to the public. Guest parking in Lot 6 costs $6. Permits are available at the information kiosks at the entrances to campus.



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