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Geography, Environment, and Society Colloquium Series: The Social Life of Land

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The Social Life of Land with Wendy Wolford, Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University. 
This talk will be the keynote address of the annual Nature-Society Workshop.
Abstract: From the earliest hunter-gatherer communities to the formation of the modern nation state, land has been central to the organization of society. Merriam Webster defines land as “the solid part of the earth’s surface that is not covered by water.” But land is so much more – it is the stuff of dreams, of fantasies, of control both past and future – land is soil and sovereignty, territorial ambition, wild frontier, and visions of empire. Thinking theoretically and empirically about “the social life of land” is necessary to an understanding of why land is the site of such struggle – historically and today – and why the source of so many contemporary troubles, from climate change to the refugee crisis, may be traced back to how land is made to live or die.

For additional information, contact Jake Bendix  Sponsored by the Geography Department.  

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Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.