Michael Watts, 2016-2017 IU Patten Lecturer, joined a panel of IU faculty for the "Development studies and the 'global campus' in the US" discussion Monday morning at Social Science Research Commons. Watts was joined by Marina Antic, Slavic and E. European Languages & Cultures; Akin Adesokan, Comparative Literature; Ishan Ashutosh, Geography and the Dhar India Studies Program; Nick Cullather, School of Global and International Studies, History and International Studies; Hilary Kahn, School of Global and International Studies and Center for the Study of Global Change; and Stephen Macekura, International Studies. The panel discussed how development studies could or should contribute to research, teaching, and campus culture. The Indiana Daily Student has shared photos from the event.
Watts, a widely cited expert on political ecology, environmental justice, famine and the relationship of oil and gas production with development, will present the final Indiana University Patten Lectures of 2016-17 this week. Watts is the Class of 1963 Professor of Geography and Development Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Centennial Professor of International Development at the London School of Economics. His work on vulnerability and resilience, agrarian political economy and other topics continues to shape scholarly debates and research programs. Read more about Watts' Patten Lectures from the IU Newsroom.