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Anthropologist to discuss effects of farming, religion and science in Bali, March 3

Anthropologist and ecologist Steve Lansing will speak about the effects of farming, temples and Western science on the ecology and agriculture of Bali at a lecture 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The lecture, titled "Perfect Order: Recognizing Complexity in Bali," is sponsored by the Princeton Environmental Institute and is designated the Taplin Environmental Lecture.

Lansing, a faculty member at the University of Arizona and the Santa Fe Institute, will discuss the development of irrigated rice farming in Bali over the last millennium as well as the parallel creation of a network of "shrines and water temples dedicated to agricultural deities." The talk explores the origins and dynamics of cooperation among Balinese farmers and the devastation caused to the rice terraces and coral reefs by well-meaning but ill-informed Western scientists.

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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