The Amazon region is increasingly under threat due to climate change, socio-environmental conflict, and the rhetoric of hostile governments. In “Amazonia Now: Perspectives on a Region in Crisis,” an academics and researchers of Amazonia, Amazonian indigenous and social movement leaders, and other experts on the region will address these and other ongoing issues threats the region. Join us November 16–19, 2020 via zoom for these important discussions.
“Amazonia Now: Perspectives on a Region in Crisis” aims to offer a space to reflect on challenges in the region including unhindered development, land conflict and violence, environmental catastrophe, deforestation, mining, fires, and the hostile government of Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro. Throughout the event, participants will be invited to exchange experiences that look towards alternatives to conventional development. It will also be a chance to think about the future of the Amazon region and the potential impacts after the results of The United States election.
The discussions will be held in a collaborative, open, and friendly atmosphere and will provide a rich opportunity for Indigenous leaders, environmentalists, politicians, artists, and academics to make connections and rethink the legacies, demands, and prospects for the diverse groups and sectors that shape the Amazon. The event is free and open to the public (registration is needed in order to attend the screening and/or talks) with conversations being held in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
“Amazonia Now” is organized and spearheaded by Marcos Colon and the Portuguese Program in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at Florida State University, with support from Harvard University, University of California-Davis, and University of California-Santa Barbara. We will continue discussions initiated by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University during their Worldwide Week in October 2020 (The Future of the Amazon, Lessons from the Past Oct. 5–9).