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POSTPONED - Self-Devouring Growth Book Talk

Friday, December 4, 2020 at 12:00pm

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Julie Livingston will talk about her recent book Self-Devouring Growth: A Planetary Parable as Told from Southern Africa (Duke University Press, 2019).

We encourage you to join a book discussion group on November 30th before this author talk. Register for those groups here.

Self-Devouring Growth is a parable for our times, set within Botswana’s economic miracle. Livingston examines how the imperative for continual uninterrupted economic growth generates ways of living now that destroy the capacity for liveliness in the future. She asks readers to imagine how else we might organize our energies, and calls on us all to examine the groundwork we are laying down for the future.

This a work that will be of interested to all who are care about the entanglements of health, ecology and economy as they work for greater justice and healing. It will have lasting impact in the fields of anthropology, history, environmental studies and African Studies.

Julie Livingston is currently the Silver Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University. She was named a MacArthur Fellow by the James D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2013. In addition to Self-Devouring Growth, she is the author of the award-winning book Improving Medicine: An African Oncology Ward in an Emerging Cancer Epidemic (Duke University Press, 2012), and of Debility and the Moral Imagination in Botswana (Indiana University Press, 2005).

During this webinar, Julie Livingston will read from Self-Devouring Growth and talk with Stacey Langwick (Anthropology) about her hopes in writing it. We will draw on the conversations in the book groups earlier in the week to share with her how the story provoked us to think about the moral and material worlds that we need to build in order to address the health and environmental crises defining the start of the 21st century, and there will be time for questions.

The book is free to all Cornell students, staff, and faculty through the Cornell library.

Organizer: The Qualities of Life working group at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies

American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program
Carl L. Becker House
Cornell Botanic Gardens
Cornell Global Health Program (Ithaca)
Cornell School of Public Health
Department of Anthropology
Department of Global Development (formerly Development Sociology)
Department of History
Department of Science and Technology Studies
Policy Analysis and Management
Weill Cornell Global Health Program (NYC)

Collaborating Organizations:
Global Health Student Advisory Board
Partners in Health Engaged
Planetary Health Club 

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