Visiting Global Scholar, Jenny Bryant-Tokalau to Present First Table Talk

“Dealing with Climate Change in the Island Pacific: Traditional and Contemporary Forms of Resilience,” Thursday October 13 6-7:30 Chase Small.

Jenny Bryant-Tokalau, Ph.D. is a Geographer and Associate Professor in the Te Teumu (School of Maori, Padific and Indigenous Studies) at Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand.   Her current research interests are adaptation and donor responses to climate change in the Pacific and private sector investment, housing, and land issues in Fiji. She has published widely on Pacific poverty and inequality, disasters, land, and urbanization. Dr. Bryant-Tokalau has taught at the University of the South Pacific, the University of Papua New Guinea, and Monash University and served as the Sustainable Development Advisor and Head of the Global Environment Facility, United Nations Development Program. She has also been a consultant on health, environment, urbanization, and land for multiple UN agencies and several Pacific governments.

The Table Talk series is sponsored by the Anthropology 210 course, “Feast or Famine: The Ecology and Politics of Food,” and is designed as an interactive talk to the Wheaton and wider community on critical issues that impact food security.   Join us for our second Table Talk on “Fair Trade” October 25th 6-7:30 in Emerson Faculty Dining room, featuring Workplace Anthropologist, Beth Ann Milardo Caspersen ‘94.