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Sustainability and Collapse:

Local and Global Resource Use from an Anthropological Perspective

Free Admission!
Date: Saturday, April 5th
Time: 1:00-6:30
Location: 26 Hosler

This year's festival will underscore elements of sustainability and collapse within cultural landscapes, both past and presents. Presenters will introduce, screen, and discuss films that cover a variety of geographical locations, including Mexico, Egypt, India, the American southwest, andthe Marcellus Formation in Pennsylvania. Each speaker will provide a time depth sufficient to understand the changing relationship between people and finite resources including water and natural gas. This discussion will reflect upon the age-old discrepancy between unsustainable land-use practices and environmental stewardship. The ancient environments and culturaltraditions of Mesoamerica, Hohokam, India, and Egypt will be juxtaposed against their modern counterparts. The festival will conclude with a discussion of hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania.


Film Titles

  • Land and Water: An Ecological Study of the Tectihuacan Valley of Mexico
  • Future Earth 2025: A CBC Passionate Eye Documentary on a Future of Water Shortages
  • Out of the Past: New Worlds
  • The Dam at Nagarjuna Sagar, India
  • The Marcellus Formation: A Local Ethnography


    The film festival is brought to you by:
    The Anthropology Graduate Student Association of Penn State
    The Anthropology Department of Penn State
    UPAC – “Your Student Activity Fee at work”