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Richard Tucker at the Mountaineering Culture Studies Group
TheMountaineeringCulture Studies Group
Invites you to dinner and discussion around
Conservation in the Mountain Environment
By Richard Tucker
5 p.m. | 31 January 2013 | 3154 Angell Hall
Richard Tucker will discuss aspects of the cultural and economic settings of mountaineering in northern India. Between 1993 and 2008 he lived part of each year above the Tibetan exile home, Dharamsala, in India's state of Himachal Pradesh, doing research on environmental change in the region and working with local environmental action groups. Himachal, the region southeast of Kashmir and Ladakh, has high Himalayan ranges rolling to the borderlands of western Tibet, and into the headwaters region of the Indus and Ganges rivers. Though a little lower than the highest ranges of Nepal or the Hindu Kush, many of these peaks are very remote; some are even now unclimbed. The region draws climbers, as well as many high-country trekkers, but its infrastructure and facilities for them are less intensive than in Nepal. Yet for some of the hill towns, trekkers and climbers have become crucial to local economies and central to their expanding consumer-cosmopolitan cultures. The evening's presentation will include photographs of the region's landscapes and people, as well as its accelerating environmental stresses.
Richard Tucker teaches at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. He teaches courses on world environmental history and the world history of environmental impacts of wars and militarization. He also continues to do research and writing on the history of American capital investment in tropical and subtropical natural resources. As an avid traveller, trekker, and erstwhile homeowner in Dharamkot at the foothills of the Dhauladhar mountains in the Indian Himalaya, his approach to thinking about sustainability in fragile mountain environments is necessarily both engaged and pragmatic.
Location: 3154 AH