Tompkins Cortland Welcomes International Anthropologist
October 3, 2012International anthropologist Ronaldo Lec will offer a lecture at Tompkins Cortland Community College at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 12. The presentation "Globalization, Agriculture and Indigenous Culture" is co-sponsored by Tompkins Cortland Community College's Global Initiatives Council and Cornell University's Committee for U.S. - Latin American Relations (CUSLAR). The lecture will be held in room 123C and is open to the public.
Lec, a renowned indigenous Mayan anthropologist from Guatemala, has been teaching and implementing sustainable human settlements and self-maintained agricultural systems around the world for nearly two decades. Co-founder of the Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura (IMAP) in Guatemala, he has delivered courses and workshops on food security, the protection of biodiversity, and the establishment of seed banks at the family and community levels. At Tompkins Cortland, he will discuss the current status of indigenous cultures in Guatemala, their views on globalization and their future prospects, as well as “food sovereignty” and the notion of sustainability as it applies in his country.