Next Pardee Seminar (Nov. 15): The Global Land Rush

Poster-land-rush-nov2011-eThe Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future will hold a Pardee House Seminar on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, on ‘The Global Land Rush: The Future of Food, Fuel, and Agricultural Development’. The seminar will feature Rachel Nalepa (BU Geography and Environment), Sarah Philips (BU Department of History) and Mutlu Ozdogan (University of Wisconsin-Madison). The seminar will be moderated by Prof. James McCann, Director of the Pardee Center.

The Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 (lunch will be available from 12noon, seminar starts at 12.30pm).Please RSVP to by Thursday, November 10, 2011. Seating is limited to 30 participants.

Rachel Nalepa is a doctoral student in the Geography and Environment Department at Boston University. She was also a 2010 Pardee Center Summer Fellow. This seminar is based on Rachel’s summer research which looks at trends in foreign direct investment in land and its implications for the development and food security of Asian rural communities. Her summer research was recently published as a Pardee Paper and available for download here.

Sarah Philips is Assistant Professor of History at Boston University. She is also a Pardee Faculty Fellow. Her research focuses on the history of American agricultural and environmental policy and the international influence of U.S. rural development practices..

Mutlu Ozdogan is Assistant Professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Forest Ecology & Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on land-use / land-cover conversion and climate change impacts on the global water and energy cycles and how these impacts interact with ecosystem goods and services that are important to human well-being.

The Pardee Seminar Series focuses on a variety of issues and invites experts from different disciplines to discuss the long-range challenges and trends in that particular issue.

The Seminar will be held at Pardee House (67 Bay State Road, Boston) on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. A light lunch will be available from 12 Noon, and the seminar itself will start at 12.30pm. Please RSVP to by Thursday, November 10, 2011. Seating is limited to 30 participants.