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March 17, 2017

April 9 Public Lecture to Examine Caribbean Environment

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Prof. Craig Marin teaches SEA Semester students in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Sea Education Association will host a public lecture, “Sugar & Sunshine: The Long-Term Environmental Impact of Extracting Wealth from the Caribbean,” on Sunday, April 9, at 2 p.m.  SEA professor Craig Marin will deliver the lecture, part of SEA’s Spring Lecture Series. The lecture will be held at James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall, Sea Education Center, 171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth.  It is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

About the Lecture
From 1492 to the present, the Caribbean has been a region exploited by outsiders for its environmental resources. The monopoly over these key resources began with the claiming, clearing and cultivation of land for cash crops like sugar and tobacco and it continues in the present with the rise of a foreign-based tourism industry that has a tight hold over limited resources for the sole use and enjoyment of vacationers. Today, the independent island nations and territories of the Caribbean are struggling to cope with the overused and eroded land and pervasive economic hardships that hinder efforts to provide residents with opportunities for sustainable growth. This talk will focus on some of these issues for select islands frequented by students in the Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean program and the way students are introduced to and asked to examine specific aspects of this struggle for environmental justice.

About the Lecturer
Dr. Craig Marin is Assistant Professor of Maritime Studies at Sea Education Association. A SEA Semester alumnus, he received his PhD in History from University of Pittsburgh, and his BA from Carleton College.  He joined the faculty at SEA in 2013.

(This lecture was originally scheduled for April 2.)  


Sunday, April 30 (date changed from April 23), 2 p.m.: “Time & Tide, An Anthropology of the Ocean,” by Dr. Jeff Wescott.

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