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Talks at Twelve: bethany ojalehto, Monday, November 26, 2018

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Cultural Diversity in Ecological Cognition and Stewardship
bethany ojalehto, Cornell University

Monday, November 26, 2018
12:00-1:00 PM
ILR Conference Center, Room 423

How can people better understand and interact with ecologies for sustainable futures? bethany ojalehto will discuss interdisciplinary research that explores how individuals conceptualize the natural world across Indigenous and Western communities, focusing on comparisons between Indigenous Ngöbe and European-Americans who live in the same island ecosystem in Panama. Research findings indicate that individuals in these two cultural groups mobilize distinct modes of causal reasoning about human-nature relationships that are correlated with contrasting notions of natural resource use. She will discuss implications for ecological stewardship and resource conflict in diverse cultural settings.

bethany ojalehto is assistant professor of human development at Cornell University. Her research explores how people conceptualize agency and ecologies, with a focus on cultural variation in social cognition and human-environment relationships. She has been privileged to develop these research perspectives through partnership with Indigenous Ngöbe communities of Panama, where she has participated in research and collaboration since 2010. She received her B.Sc. in psychology and human rights from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology in 2008, and her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University in 2016.

Lunch will be provided.
This event is free and open to all. No registration is required, but groups of 10 or more, please inform Lori Biechele of your plans to attend so enough lunch can be ordered.

Parking is available on Garden Ave., in the Hoy Garage, or at various Parkmobile lots.  Please stop at any information booth for assistance.

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