Convivium Luncheon and Program – April 4

March 21st, 2013 | Tags:

You are cordially invited to luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Thursday, April 4, noon to 1:00 p.m., in Morris Hall’s Le Café. Naomi Shanguhyia, Lecturer of Geography, will present a talk titled, Disparate Perceptions of Environmental Change:  Who’s right and does it matter?

Abstract:    Incorporating perceptions and experiences of local communities has become an important aspect in studying environmental change processes and their impacts.  This approach is predicated on the assumption that communities in a given locale will have similar or complementary perceptions that will provide a general picture of the nature of changes that are occurring.  But what happens when these perceptions are disparate?  Whose perceptions should be viewed as being representative of the reality? Based on research that was conducted in rural western Kenya, this presentation will highlight some of the divergent views held by community members on the changes occurring in this region.  Land cover change detection done using Landsat images shows loss of forest cover between 1985 and 2001.   However, community members have contradictory views of how the loss of the forest cover has affected the region’s rainfall regime.  I will discuss some of the historical and political-economic dimensions that shed light on this and point to a case of misreading environmental change by some community members.

Seating is limited. To reserve a seat please call X2517 prior to April 2.  Vegetarian meals are available.