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Brown, Ashdown to host Fireside Chat

Associate Professor of Biology Meghan Brown and Assistant Professor of Psychology Brien Ashdown will offer a Fireside Chat at the Office of Intercultural Affairs on Tuesday, April 5. The conversation titled “Culture and Ecology in Guatemala” takes place at 5:30 p.m.

The two faculty members will lead a short-term study abroad program to Guatemala this summer. Approximately 20 students will take Spanish classes, volunteer in a local school, conduct research on the nearby Lake Atitlán and host focus group interviews with people who reside near the lake. The program links the study of ecology and culture in the context of a notably diverse Central American country.

Students who attend the Fireside Chat can expect to learn more about the program as well as the research that Brown and Ashdown have already conducted surrounding the culture and ecology of the lake.

“Ecology and culture are two areas that are inextricably linked. It’s impossible to fully understand one without the other; it’s also necessary to understand how they influence one another,” explains Ashdown. “This is especially true as we confront issues such as climate change. What we will talk about might be specific to Guatemala, but they are topics that can be applied anywhere.”