Marlboro, VT—The Marlboro College conference series, “Conservation and Creation: The Science and Art of Contemporary Vietnam,” will explore Vietnamese biodiversity, arts and environment on Monday March 28, April 4 and April 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Appletree at Marlboro College.
In “Conservation and Vietnam’s Biodiversity,” Martha Hurley, a scientist at the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, will discuss biodiversity and conservation in Vietnam on Monday, March 28. Hurley will explore the recent discovery of a new species in Vietnam and reflect on the challenges of balancing conservation interests and economic development. Hurley is the co-author of An Introduction to the Natural History of Vietnam.
In “Arts as a Cultural Bridge,” C. David Thomas, director of the Indo-China Arts Partnership, will discuss the emergence of new, world-renowned Vietnamese artists and the relationship of these artists with the formerly censored Vietnamese state and the audiences overseas on Monday, April 4. Thomas is the co-author of the book Ho Chi Minh: A Portrait.
In “Viet Nam: Our War Against the Environment,” Arthur Westing, director of Westing Associates in Environment, Security and Education, will explore the environmental consequences of the American war in Vietnam on Monday, April 18. Westing’s discussion will concentrate on the problems created by high dioxin levels in the earth and water of central Vietnam as a result of spraying the defoliant Agent Orange. Westing was formerly director of the United Nations’ Peace, Security and Environment Project and Dean of Natural Science at Hampshire College.
These lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, please call Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.