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The J. Jobe and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa Lecture

The Soffa lecture supports regular lectures on contemporary issues of global significance. Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa (‘46 BA L&S) established this fund to support an annual public lecture on a contemporary issue of global significance by a distinguished woman in international public life. For more than a decade this fund has brought renowned women from across the globe to lecture and meet with classes. Holders of the lectureship have included well-known “grassroots” leaders in the struggle for human rights and international understanding.

Upcoming Lecture

woman with long hair wearing a blue dress seated on a red couch"Queering Ecology"

Dr. Brigitte Baptiste

Director, Humboldt Institute of Biological Resources

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 4:00 pm
Alumni Lounge, Pyle Center

Lecture with a reception to follow



About the Lecture:

The conventional approach for queering ecology has been developed more from the side of queer theory than from ecological thinking. However, biological evolution, based on a continuous arrangement of DNA texts, allows and even benefits from the existence of many "queer" species and behaviors. To many scholars "there is nothing more queer than nature", meaning that biological relationships among living beings are ecological narratives which produce queerness and innovation. The potential of such inquiry may help us understand and be prepared for the next generation of emerging, mutant or even cyber ecosystems. 

About the Speaker: 

Brigitte Baptiste is a biologist from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota and M.Sc. in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. She worked as a researcher at the Unit for Rural Studies from the Faculty of Economics of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, where she began her teaching career at the Program of Rural Development and Environmental Management.

She participated in many national conservation projects and worked in diverse disciplines, such as environmental planning, cultural landscapes, process analysis of the transformation of the territory, ecological and economic history of productive systems, multicultural use and management of biodiversity analysis, biocomplexity, biospeleology and biopolitics.

Since January 2011 Brigitte is the General Director of the Instituto de Investigacion de Recursos Biologicos Alexander von Humboldt. She has been a representative of Colombia and Latin America in different multilateral organizations such as IPBES or IAI.

Sponsored by: 

The J. Jobe Soffa and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa Distinguished International Visitor Fund, The Human Rights Program, Global Legal Studies Center, and The International Division.

Past Lectures

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