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A Road Runs Through it: Tourism, Culture, and the Politics of Conservation with Ben Gardner


Join Ben Gardner, author and Professor at the University of Washington, who will explore the concept of conservation through the lens of safari tourism in Tanzania, where the Maasai community has found itself struggling at the intersection of environmental activism, tourism, land rights, and civic rights. Gardner tells the story of how safari tourism shapes the very meaning and value of the landscape, and why communities have organized to fight for control of their land. This presentation is part of Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau program, in which cultural experts discuss history, politics, music, philosophy, and everything in between at venues around the state.