This May in Quixeramobim, Ceará, and as a part of her ongoing collaborative work with FUNCEME, Cydney Seigerman conducted fieldwork with PhD student Hela Guesmi and research fellow Mariana Macahdo Rios, supervised by Dr. Julien Burte (FUNCEME/CIRAD- UMR G-EAU, France). The fieldwork was part of an on-going multi-institution project to assess strategies for sustainable multi-use of small water resources in semi-arid areas. Over two days, the team used GIS methods to assess landscape features, conducted semi-structured interviews, held a focus group, and did participatory mapping with members of a rural community in the region. They also met with the directors of the regional headquarters of COGERH, the State Water Company of Ceará of Quixeramobim.
During her May fieldwork in Ceará, Cydney Seigerman participated in a performance arts directing workshop organized by the Escola Porto Iracema das Artes in Fortaleza. The meeting was part of the ongoing work by the study group “Dramaturgia: o que quer e o que pode o corpo” grupo de estudos (Directing: what the body wants and can”), led by Dr. Thereza Rocha, professor of Dance at the Federal University of Ceará (UFC). During the two-hour workshop, Cydney engaged with local directors in discussions that used critical social theory to explore the role of the director in a production.
John McGreevy, HECL Lab PhD student, spent the summer researching non-governmental organization (NGO) influence on social life and ecosystem health in rural Haiti. McGreevy worked collaboratively with a team of 16 interdisciplinary graduate research assistants, 8 from the United States and 8 from Haiti. Dr. Mark Schuller from Northern Illinois University led this international team as part of a study supported by a National Science Foundation CAREER Grant. Findings from this team will be presented as part of a panel at the Haitian Studies Association conference in Cap Haitien, Haiti in November. The theme for the conference is “Haiti’s Eco-systems: Focus on Environmental Realities and Hopes.”
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