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Dr. Nora Haenn

Dr. Nora Haenn

Assoc. Professor, Anthropology and International Studies

March 2018

Multiple Roles to Affect Change: Lobbyists, Thought Leaders, Public Intellectuals, and Others

As an educational program, GES implicitly supports faculty and students as spokespersons for their research interests and matters of Genetic Engineering and Society more broadly. Spokespersons necessarily advocate a position, either directional change or maintenance of a status quo. This talk draws on social movement research to establish the broader terrain in which spokespeople act. The talk reviews multiple roles available to all spokespeople regardless of personal belief or position within or outside the academy. 

About Nora

Nora Haenn is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies. She is currently the Director of the Anthropology Graduate Program. Her research focuses on environment and migration. On the topic of the environment, Haenn considers how small-scale communities (villages and counties) manage their natural resources. Because her area of specialty is southern Mexico, this interest touches on questions of rainforest conservation, sustainable development, environmental justice, multiculturalism, and the government mechanisms employed to create and implement environmental policy.

Her book, Fields of Power, Forests of Discontent: Culture, Conservation, and the State in Mexico (Univ. of Arizona Press, 2005), brings these topics together to describe how conservation programs took root in southern Mexico. As residents of the region were drawn into international migration, Haenn began to examine the social and environmental effects of international migration. She is currently at work on a second book, Marriage after Migration: An Ethnography of Five Women in Globalizing Mexico.

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Workshop: March 14 - 15, Duke Energy Hall, Hunt Library

This week we will be hosting a workshop on Ethics and Responsible Innovation in STEM, with keynote speaker Dr. Dean Nieusma of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. This workshop is full, but you can still:

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Read Smart - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Wed., March 14, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave, Raleigh, NC

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s classic work of science fiction, with this discussion led by Dr. Jason Delborne, associate professor of Science, Policy and Society, at NC State. Free and open to the public. Presented by NCSU Libraries.

Film Screening of Food Evolution


Thurs., March 22, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Jones Auditorium, Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC

 Amidst a brutally polarizing debate marked by passion, suspicion, and confusion, Food Evolution​, from Academy Award-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, the film, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson​, wrestles with the emotions and the science driving one of the most heated arguments of our time. In the GMO debate, both pro- and anti- camps claim science is on their side. 

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Anastasia BodnarDr. Fred Gould, and Dr. Michelle Schroeder-Moreno.

This screening of Food Evolution is co-sponsored by Meredith’s Biology Honors Society and Angels for the Environment.

This event is free and open to the public. Contact Karthik Aghoram at with questions. 


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