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Rebuilding on the Ridge: Community Engagement in Post-Earthquake Nepal

Friday, September 7, 2018 at 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Uris Hall, 153
Central Campus

Speakers: Kathryn March (anthropology) and Jack Elliott (DEA)

Professors March and Elliott will discuss the historical and cultural contexts that have made national and international responses to the 2015 Nepal earthquake largely ineffectual in village communities, and how these factors have shaped successes and failures of the organizational model developed by the Cornell Nepal Earthquake Recovery Partnership (CNERP). They will look in detail at three efforts: model earthquake-resistant housing, women’s community building reconstruction, and building using Elliott’s easily assembled triakonta structures.

The presentation is organized by the Working Group on Disasters of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies

Kathryn S. March is Graduate Professor and Professor Emerita of Anthropology and Feminist/Gender/Sexuality Studies at Cornell. Since 1975, she has worked in the subsistence farming community of Mhanégang, Nepal, focusing on the ethnographic and theoretical study of gender and social justice, and on developing collaborative models for community-driven, inclusive, sustainable, equitable, and results-based socio-economic change to enhance lives and livelihoods.

John (Jack) Elliott is Associate Professor of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell. A LEED-accredited design expert, he is interested in those aspects of material culture of the built environment that express a society’s value for the natural world, especially regarding environmental ethics and aesthetics. Elliott has developed and piloted a system of easily assembled triakonta structures, which are framed using triangles and built with inexpensive and sustainable local materials.


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