“The Best City in the World: San Miguel’s Devil’s Bargain,”
March 17, 2018
Over the course of the twentieth century, San Miguel’s civic and cultural leaders made a series of trade offs to position the city as a “Best Destination” according to international travel trendsetters. This talk will examine economic development strategies and decisions about infrastructure and tourism promotion that prioritized international accolades over making San Miguel a great place to live.
Lisa Pinley Covert is an assistant professor of history at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She earned a Ph.D. from Yale University in Latin American history with an emphasis on twentieth-century Mexico. Her book, San Miguel de Allende: Mexicans, Foreigners, and the Making of a World Heritage Site, based on more than ten years of research, examines how long-time residents and newcomers shaped San Miguel’s economic possibilities and cultural dynamics from the 1930s to the 1980s, and how these efforts paved the way for the 2008 UNESCO World Heritage designation.
Farmers Are Our Future (How campesinos can save our world),
April 21, 2018
Climate change and loss of biodiversity threaten the very existence of the human race. While professors and policymakers in ivory towers study, debate and try to forge agreements, campesinos with little money or education are stabilizing the climate, bringing biodiversity back to degraded lands and feeding the world. Meet some of these unsung heroes and learn how millions more could join their ranks to become the cornerstone of a healthy planet and food system.
Florence Reed is an award winning thought leader and innovative practitioner. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteers in Panama in the early 1990s, Reed founded Sustainable Harvest International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing rural Central American families with the tools and training to overcome poverty while protecting tropical forests. As president of the organization, Reed brings people together to raise awareness about sustainable agriculture as a solution to tropical deforestation and poverty.
How We Got to Now—Understanding the Political Landscape
June 15, 2018
The torrent of criticism aimed at reporters and their media by the President and his White House staff may seem to be without precedent, but it is only the latest – though perhaps most pronounced – in a long history of Executive grievances against the press. Two hundred forty-two years after the Declaration of Independence and 227 years after ratification of the Bill of Rights, tensions remain over the nature and limits of free speech. This talk looks at Presidential discomfort with press coverage from the founding to the present with particular emphasis on the danger posed by current attacks on speech.
Bill Plante was a CBS News Correspondent for 52 years. He was White House correspondent during the administrations of Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Plante was based in CBS News’ Washington bureau beginning in December 1976 and has covered every Presidential campaign since 1968. He also served four tours of duty for CBS News in Vietnam between 1964 and 1975.