Ecological Destruction in the New World

A Film Analysis and Discussion

Presented by:

Daniel Schugurensky, Professor, School of Public Affairs and School of Social Transformation
Cynthia Tompkins, Professor of Spanish, Faculty Head, Spanish & Portuguese, SILC
Dr. Sharonah Fredrick, Assistant Director, ACMRS
Event introduced by:
Tamara Underiner, Associate Professor, School Film, Dance & Theatre, Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts

Part I

Part II

Monday, November 30, 2015 from 7:30-8:45pm
Lyceum Theater, ASU Tempe Campus
Free and open to the public

The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS), the School of Social Transformation (SST), the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the School of International Letters & Cultures (SILC), the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, along with the generous help of the School of Sustainability at ASU offer a unique program on uniting film, history, politics, ecology, and current events. Through analysis of segments of the film Tambien la lluvia, featuring actor Gael Garcia Bernal the 16th century Conquest of the Americas and the 21st century Re-Conquest of Latin American ecologies and economies will highlight issues of ecological exploitation and the life blood of a continent, namely: water, and who owns it.

This interactive panel discussion will feature Prof. Cynthia Tompkins; Prof. Daniel Schugurensky; Dr. Sharonah Fredrick; and most importantly, the opinions of the audience. Key segments of the film Tambien la Lluvia will be projected to illustrate dilemmas of colonialism, post-colonialism, and cinema as education and/or propaganda. Water is a scarce resource both in the Andes and in Arizona, and management of it and its ownership, have been hotly debated for the past 500 years. The panel will highlight Renaissance New World history and its effects on the continuing ecological destruction of the Americas, the interdisciplinary link between the past and pressing contemporary issues; as well as a contemporary look at film and education, and their effectiveness and failures. The continuing impact of the 16th century on the 21st century, political abuses committed on all sides of the spectrum against indigenous peoples, and ecological depredation and mismanagement, will all be dealt with and debated.

Please join us to listen, learn, and make your opinions known. The issue of natural resources and their effective and sustainable management affects us all.