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Screening of The Land Beneath Our Feet, Dir. Sarita Siegel & Gregg Mitman (Environments and Societies Colloquium)

Oct 26, 2017
from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Wright Hall Lab A

This two-part event is presented by the Environments and Societies Colloquium and co-sponsored by STS. Gregg Mitman is an environmental historian, a historian of science and film, and also a filmmaker. His remarkable documentary, The Land Beneath Our Feet, weaves together rare archival footage from a 1926 Harvard expedition to Liberia, with the journey of a young Liberian man, uprooted by war, seeking to understand how the past has shaped land conflicts in his country today. The film is an explosive reminder of how large-scale land grabs are transforming livelihoods across the planet. (2016, 60 min. Directed by Sarita Siegel and Gregg Mitman).

The colloquium, which follows a Food-for-Thought-style format, will be taking place on Friday in the STS Conference Room (SSH 1246).

The film screening and the colloquium both explore themes related to Mitman's forthcoming book, The World that Firestone Built: Capitalism, American Empire, and the Forgotten Promise of Liberia. Mitman develops a plantationocene framework that links the history of American capitalism in Liberia to contemporary land conflicts in the country.

  • Thursday 10/26, 4-6 pm, Wright Hall Lab A: film screening of "The Land Beneath Our Feet," dir. Greg Mitman and Sarita Siegel.
  • Friday 10/27, 12-2 pm, STS Conference Room: Food-for-Thought-style discussion of two short proposals (one for Mitman's book and the other for a Mellon Sawyer Seminar) that discuss the theoretical and historical significance of his research about American capitalism in Liberia.
To receive a copy of the pre-circulated readings, contact Katherine Buse at kebuse@ucdavis.edu.