The Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy and Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences invite you to:
Join us for a series of online discussions on Thursdays in May exploring social, economic, environmental, and gastronomic consequences of the first circumnavigation of the Earth 500 years ago.
Around Nature: The Value of Nature
Thursday, May 14, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Moderated by Diana Ayton-Shenker, this panel discussion with Rob Carter, Blanca de la Torre, John Robert McNeill and Pablo Vargas will focus on the economic impetus and consequences of the first circumnavigation of the Earth. Five hundred years ago, nutmeg and clove changed our view of the world forever. In modern history, wheat, rice, corn and sugar have led to similar if not larger changes. Today, more than food or spices, minerals, real estate, gas and oil are what define the economic value of nature. Learn more about the speakers.
Around Nature: The Trade of Nature
Thursday, May 21, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT
Moderated by Blanca de la Torre, this panel with Juanli Carrión, Shahid Naeemand Daniel Stone will address current realities of climate change through the lens of globalization. The session is designed to build understanding of tradeoffs between globalization and mitigating climate change through exploration of topics that include environmental justice education, empathy for nature, and the environmental consequences of lost biodiversity. Learn more about the speakers.
Around Nature: The Taste of Nature
Thursday, May 28, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT
Moderated by Yadira García, this panel with Stefani Bardin, Danielle Nierenbergand Simran Sethi will address global food economies of the past, present, and future, focusing on food and technology, alternative food systems, and the loss of cultural food practices as a consequence of globalization. Learn more about the speakers.
About the Series
This multidisciplinary project organized by the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy and artist Juanli Carrión explores the legacy of the Magellan-Elcano expedition which took place 500 years ago. The programs are in in collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C.