Sept. 13, 2010
David and Goliath: How a Small Indigenous Group Triumphed Over Big OilFeaturing Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Larry Lansburgh
WHAT: Using selected scenes from his documentary film "Dream People of the Amazon," Lansburgh’s presentation will focus on the Achuar, indigenous people who live in a part of the Amazon rain forest that has hardly changed in a thousand years. But under
Achuar territory lies oil, and these traditional people know that oil operations would destroy their forest and obliterate their way of life.
Today, however, their forest is intact, and the Achuar culture is healthy. To defend their right to live as their ancestors did, the Achuar have learned how to deal with the modern world—by using tactics that are sophisticated, ethical, and effective.
“David & Goliath in the Amazon” is a success story of strong indigenous people who have practical wisdom to share with all of us.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23
WHERE: Webster University Emerson Library Conference Room, 101 Edgar Road, Webster Groves, MO
COST: Free and Open to the Public
SPONSORS: Webster University Center for Ethics, Center for International Education, College of Arts & Sciences, Faculty Speakers Committee and Environmental Studies program.