Re-Framing Well-Being: A Perspective from the Field and the Collections

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Exploring Culture and the Environment in the Americas Lecture Series Presents
Re-Framing Well-Being: A Perspective from the Field and the Collections

When: March 20, 2018 at 6 PM
Where: NIU, 202 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL 60115 LaTourette Hall, FW200

Join us as we explore the link between the environment and cultural practices of well-being.

How can research in museum collections and with communities shed new light on well-being? Join Field Museum curator Alaka Wali as she discusses how environmental conservation efforts in Chicago, the Western Amazon and within museum collections have shaped thinking on well-being at the Field Museum.

For close to 20 years, Wali has been using participatory action research methods to foster collaboration with communities around environmental conservation in both the Western Amazon and in the Chicago region. In her presentation titled “Re-Framing Well-Being: A Perspective from the Field and the Collections,” Wali will show how these efforts, grounded in methodologies stemming from political ecology and material culture studies, are leading to new approaches that prioritize local values and cultural practices over globalized standards or indicators of well-being.

This presentation is generously supported by The Pick Museum of Anthropology at NIU, Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy, Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships, and Center for Latino and Latin American Studies.For more information, contact the Pick Museum of Anthropology at 815-753-2011 or go to http://niu.edu/pick-museum/.