The Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Duke Lemur Center are co-hosting a day-long conference addressing the ethical dimensions of conservation and development in Madagascar, specifically the illegal harvesting of precious woods from the island’s rain forests on Dec. 3. Patrick Duggan ’10 will be presenting. The event concludes with a free concert by Malagasy singer/songwriter and environmental activist Razia Said.
The conference and concert aim to draw public attention to political, economic, social, and ecological crises in Madagascar; connect the particular crises in Madagascar to broader global challenges, especially in other poor regions of the globe; and educate members of the Duke and Durham communities about opportunities for action to alleviate such crises and ethical challenges that can potentially accompany those actions. All events are free and open to the public. The Duke Africa Initiative, the Office of the Provost, the David L. Paletz Innovative Teaching Fund, and the Department of Cultural Anthropology provided additional financial support for these events.http://kenan.ethics.duke.edu/humanrights/rights-and-resources-in-madagascar-symposium-dec-3-2/