Pop Up Discussion on - Beyond Development: Transitioning to a New Pluriverse

Event Date: 

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Event Location: 

  • HSSB 6020 (McCune Conference Room)

Event Contact: 

Joanne Nowak, Blum Center Academic Coordinator (joanne.nowak@ucsb.edu)

Participatory development, sustainable development, gender and development. These iterations have modified the concept of international development at the margins, but do not demand a radical change in thinking. Dr. Arturo Escobar, (Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), argues that such a change is overdue. 
Dr. Escobar's work questions the very assumptions upon which mainstream development theory and practice rest: development for whom, i.e. the individual or the community?  Is growing inequality and poverty a result of underdevelopment, or excessive development?
The Blum Center is pleased to host a two-part Pop Up Discussion series featuring Dr. Escobar. The first session will delve into his contributions to our understanding of development, participatory democracy and social change, in order to prepare students for the second Pop Up session featuring Dr. Escobar himself.
We ask that students attend both Pop Up Sessions to take full advantage of the meeting with Dr. Escobar. The first Pop Up will take place on February 28th at 7PM in HSSB 6020 (note the room change here). The second session will take place on March 5th at 12PM in RM 2320, Girvetz Hall. Both events will have refreshments. 
Students must RSVP for this event. See the associated flyer for additional details.
This Pop Up series is part of a larger calendar of campus events with Dr. Escobar during the first two weeks of March. Students will have an opportunity to engage with this leading scholar through office hour appointments, a major public lecture, and the Pop Up series. Stay tuned for more details.