Alumni Weekend 2012
The weekend of 21st-23rd September 2012 will see a variety of events around Cambridge for the Alumni Weekend 2012, and Geography is taking part:
Talk – Saturday 22nd September: Colonial Improvement: Rethinking the Great Irish Famine
1.30pm - 2.30pm, Saturday 22nd September, Sidgwick Site
The Great Irish Famine has been mired in debate over the level of culpability of the British government. Most scholars reject the extreme nationalist charge of genocide, but beyond that there is little consensus. Drawing lessons from famine experiences across the British Empire, and from the voices of those who vehemently protested against state policy, Dr Nally argues for a more nuanced understanding of "famineogenic behaviour" - conduct that aids and abets famine - and suggests that while the 'faults of omission' weighed heavily on British government policy, the 'crimes of commission' also left their deadly impress.
Dr. David Nally is a University Lecturer in Geography and Fellow and Director of Studies at Fitzwilliam. His research focuses on the political, economic and cultural dimensions of colonisation.
Leading Thinkers Address the Value of Nature
11.30am, Sunday 23 September
The Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) is a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading biodiversity conservation organisations in and around Cambridge. CCI seeks to transform the global understanding and conservation of biodiversity and the natural capital it represents. Integrating research, education, policy and practice, the CCI create innovative solutions for society.
This Alumni Weekend a panel of five CCI experts will come together for a roundtable discussion to offer their perspectives on how and why we should put a value on nature. Professor Ian Hodge will chair the conversation and will be joined by Dr Bhaskar Vira (of the Department of Geography), Tony Juniper, Dr Paul Morling and Nigel Cooper.
To join the conversation, simply visit the Alumni website for further information. This event will take place from 11.30am on Sunday 23 September.