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Population Politics at the Crossroads of Gender, Environment, Migration and Security
Betsy Hartmann (Professor Emerita & Senior Policy Analyst, Hampshire College)
Sustainability Studies Speaker Series

This talk will address the strategic use of overpopulation discourses, from contraceptive research and family planning programs, to the greening of hate by the anti-immigrant movement, to national security interests linking climate change to violent conflict and war. What are the implications for feminist activism for reproductive and environmental justice? How can we navigate the tricky territory between the resurgence of population control on the one hand and the continuing conservative assault on sexual and reproductive health and rights on the other?

Betsy Hartmann is professor emerita of development studies and senior policy analyst of the Population and Development Program at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Her research, writing, teaching and lecturing focus on the intersections between population, migration, environment and security issues, and she is widely published in popular, policy, and scholarly venues. She is the author of Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control and two political thrillers about the Far Right, The Truth about Fire and Deadly Election. She is the co-author of A Quiet Violence: View from a Bangladesh Village and co-editor of the anthology Making Threats: Biofears and Environmental Anxieties. Betsy is currently completing a book on apocalyptic thinking in the United States, provisionally titled The America Syndrome: Apocalypse and the Anxieties of Empire. The book will be published in Spring 2017 by Seven Stories Press in New York.

The Sustainability Speaker Series is presented by the Gender & Sexuality Studies Department and the Sustainability Studies B.S. in partnership with the Center for Ideas and Society

Photo: Reuters/ Rodi Said

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