Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Dr. Shefa Siegal - Grams per Ton: Value Conflicts in Gold Mining and Sustainable Development

December 4th, 2012
12:00-1:30pm

Location
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall

Dr. Shefa Siegal of the Earth Institute, headed by Jefferey Sachs, presents a Lunchtime Talk of interest to anyone pondering the ethics and environmental politics of gold mining today, from Colombia to Tanzania. Dr. Siegal has been involved in several large open-pit projects in Colombia, Ghana, and Tanzania in recent years, and he will report on corporate, local, and academic trends in this hotly contested business. Shefa Siegel is Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He is an academic and journalist who studies, writes, and teaches about the intersections of global environmental and economic development issues, specializing in the impacts of resource extraction. He is an interdisciplinary scholar with degrees in religion, political theory, and resource policy, a policy practitioner with a decade of experience in more than a dozen countries working for the UN, World Bank, the Government of Canada, and NGOs, and a contributor of reviews, essays, commentaries, and reportage to Haaretz, Environment 360, and Sojourners. This event is sponsored by the Department of History and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Kris Lane, klane1@tulane.edu or 862-8622.

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The US’s November elections are especially critical. The world’s power structures are undergoing dramatic changes, and so the internal political process of this world leader has even greater global consequences.

Looking beyond just the US’s foreign policy is key to understanding its actions. Over the next few months, the teaching programs at several Costa Rican institutions will focus on the following:

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The University of Costa Rica, through its School of Political Science, and the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Políticos (CIEP), has joined forces with the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones y su Instituto de Formación y Estudios en Democracia (IFED), as well as with the University of Tulane, through its Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), for a series of outreach activities during the second half of 2016. These activities will utilize the resources at these educational and research institutions to promote a better understanding of the electoral process in the US.

The results of this upcoming election will have repercussions for the world, particularly in Latin American and Costa Rica. A broader, deeper understanding of the current situation will be useful for both universities and public policy decision-makers.

Participating institutions are confident that a proper analysis of this political process will lead to improved understanding and cooperation between the two nations.

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  • Thursday, 8/18: Talk on the United States’ electoral system by Diego Brenes, IFED.

September
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  • Thursday, 9/22: Talk on Politics and Elections: Celeste Lay, Phd. Tulane University.

October
  • Thursday, 10/13: Discussion on elections and external politics: Carlos Murillo, Phd. in government and public policy.
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