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A Screening of Darwin’s Nightmare & Round-Table Discussion

Oct 17, 2013, 5:00pm - 8:00pm


The Precarity and Social Contract Working Group of the Humanities Institute at OSU presents a screening of Darwin’s Nightmare & a round-table discussion in Smith Labs 3094.

Sometime in the 1960s, in the heart of Africa, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria as a little scientific experiment. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. However, the new fish multiplied so fast, that its white fillets are today exported all around the world. Huge hulking ex-Soviet cargo planes come daily to collect the latest catch in exchange for their southbound cargo…Kalashnikovs and ammunitions for the uncounted wars in the dark center of the continent. This booming multinational industry of fish and weapons has created an ungodly globalized alliance on the shores of the world’s biggest tropical lake: an army of local fishermen, World bank agents, homeless children, African ministers, EU-commissioners, Tanzanian prostitutes, and Russian pilots.
Organized and hosted by Ellie Flohn (WGSS), Sonnet Gabbard (WGSS), Josh Kurz (Comparative Studies), and Matthew O’Malley (Comparative Studies)
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