The Sunday Circle meets on the first and third Sundays of the month beginning at 8:30 AM from September through May. All are welcome to join us for stimulating conversation. Join the conversation via this Zoom link.
May 1: Water and the Defense of Territory in Guatemala. The global resource rush has met with resistance from Indigenous and peasant environmental defense movements worldwide. Water contamination and access are at the crux of poor peoples’ struggles against extractive industries. In this talk, Dr. Nicholas Copeland, a cultural anthropologist, describes the significance of water in Indigenous movements in defense of territory in Guatemala, drawing on several years of collaborative ethnographic fieldwork.
May 22 (note date change): Reckoning with 150 Years of Virginia Tech History. As VT commemorates its 150th anniversary this year, the university community is trying to balance celebration of accomplishments with acknowledgment of more difficult aspects of the institution’s history. VT history professor, Paul Quigley, will reflect on VT’s renewed efforts to come to terms with the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, settler colonialism, and other historical injustices–all within the context of nationwide conflicts over the meaning of American history.