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Exploring Culture and the Environment in the Americas Lecture Series Presents
“Re-Framing Well-Being: A Perspective from the Field and the Collections” Lecture
March 20 - 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – LaTourette Hall, FW200
Join us as we explore the link between the environment and cultural practices of well-being.
How can research in museum collections and with communities shed new light on well-being? Join Field Museum curator Alaka Wali as she discusses how environmental conservation efforts in Chicago, the Western Amazon and within museum collections have shaped thinking on well-being at the Field Museum.
For close to 20 years, Wali has been using participatory action research methods to foster collaboration with communities around environmental conservation in both the Western Amazon and in the Chicago region. In her presentation titled "Re-Framing Well-Being: A Perspective from the Field and the Collections,” Wali will show how these efforts, grounded in methodologies stemming from political ecology and material culture studies, are leading to new approaches that prioritize local values and cultural practices over globalized standards or indicators of well-being.
This presentation is part of the Culture and the Environment lecture series, sponsored at NIU by the Pick Museum, the Department of Anthropology, the Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy, the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships, and Center for Latino and Latin American Studies.