Humanists Sunday Science July 7 - “Cultural Anthropology in Pacific Coastal Mexico”

“Cultural Anthropology in Pacific Coastal Mexico” is the topic of the Central Colorado Humanists Sunday Science program for July 7, 2024. Dr. Russ McGoodwin will describe his field work in a small, impoverished rural village on Mexico’s Pacific coast. The program begins at 10 a. m. at the Scout Hut, 210 E. Sackett St., Salida, CO.


Dr. McGoodwin spent several decades in the village. His study relied on key informants and close friends in the village and used both quantitative and qualitative methods to learn of the social and economic lives of villagers. McGoodwin will show how state and regional policies emphasizing the export of marine resources have contributed to this region’s ongoing poverty and the degradation of its marine ecosystems.


Dr. McGoodwin, Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado-Boulder, is a cultural anthropologist who studies fishing people, fishing communities, and fisheries-management policies. He has worked in fishing communities around the world and held appointments at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, and Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Over his long career he has focused on the development of fisheries-management policies that will enhance the well-being and food security of the world’s small-scale fishing people.


Central Colorado Humanists sponsor Sunday Science on the first Sunday of each month. Each presentation is informative and features a science topic that is understandable by both scientists and non-scientists. The doors open at 9:30 a. m., admission is free, and the public is welcome. Please join us.

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