Christine Folch

Geoengineering to Save Paraguay’s Forests, Past & Future

Geoengineering saved Paraguay’s Atlantic Forest in the 19th century. It can do it again in the 21st, in the face of massive soy-led deforestation. The example of Swiss naturalist Moises Bertoni shows the way.

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Troubling Foundations: Orientalism in C.S. Lewis & Narnia

Narnia and C.S. Lewis are perennial topics of study among Christian audiences in the English-speaking world. But, despite the sweetness and innocence of the heroic story, there is something deeply unsettling about the way Lewis crafts Calormen.

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Itaipú Binational Dam Post-2023: The Next 50 Years of Sustainable Development

In 2023, the treaty that governs the world’s largest dam will expire.  Our team will develop strategies to steer sustainable development in Paraguay and Brazil, which share the dam, as … Continue reading

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International Research Travel with an Infant

I’m an anthropologist. Almost by definition that means I travel a lot for research. And, to be completely honest, that’s not incidental… it’s one of the reasons I was drawn … Continue reading

May 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

It’s not the sandwiches. Or: why David Brooks comes off like a jerk.

There’s a new article by David Brooks that’s ruffling feathers. It’s a quick read, but I’ll summarize it. tl;dr: “The _real_ reason for social inequality isn’t inequality in education, it’s … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Engaged Research in Paraguay: How & Why

At the end of a lively question and answer exchange, a college-aged member of the crowd raised his hand and asked me the hardest question I’ve even gotten about my … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Itaipú Dam & Sustainable Development. A conversation between Duke & UNA researchers. (Full Video)

Are you curious about renewable energy, climate change, and sustainable development? Here is a chance to hear about the upcoming renegotiation of the Itaipú Dam treaty–one of the most important … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · Leave a comment