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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Development and Politics in Puerto Rico

This presentations focuses on the impact of Puerto Rico's economic development history on two current issues: (1) the prospects for developing a more environmentally sound agriculture and food system and (2) debates about whether Puerto Rico should become an independent country, a state within the U.S., or maintain it's current commonwealth status. The first analysis (a paper presentation) traces current difficulties for those seeking to develop organic agriculture in Puerto Rico to the impact of post-war development policies. The second analysis (summarized in an academic poster) uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to show the changing geography of voting behavior and its relationship to the status question.

Presenters: Amy Guptill (Faculty)
Maria Perez (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Sociology
Location: 215 Hartwell
Time: 2:30 pm (Session IV)