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Wade Davis is an anthropologist, botanist, and best-selling author. He spent more than three years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant explorer, living among 15 indigenous groups in eight Latin American nations while making some 6,000 botanical collections. Davis' work later took him to Haiti to investigate folk preparations implicated in the creation of zombies, an assignment that led to his writing Passage of Darkness (1988) and The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986).
Please join Davis as he takes you on a journey through the realm of vanishing cultures, using compassion, eloquence and expertise to illustrate the pressing need for preserving and protecting the vast knowledge, language, wisdom and world views of indigenous cultures. (Originally presented on 08-Nov-2006)
UBC Psychology Professor Sheila Woody, an expert on anxiety disorders and fear, talks about disorders such as panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias. She will explore the range of fear from everyday adaptive responses to the disabling extremes of anxiety disorders. (Originally presented as an Arts Wednesday lecture on 08-Nov-2006)
UBC Sociology Professor Dawn Currie, expert on gender and girl studies, addresses 'girlhood' as an important social phenomenon -- one that can restrict a girl's self-image. (Originally presented as an Arts Wednesday lecture on 01-Nov-2006)