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- Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years: Robert Muggah and Ian Goldin May 8, 2021
- CDC Official Who Sounded Early Alarm On Coronavirus Resigns : Coronavirus Updates : NPR May 8, 2021
- Lagos Inferno: The explosion that rocked Nigeria – BBC Africa Eye documentary May 8, 2021
- Retirement Hell – BBC Africa Eye documentary May 8, 2021
- Trillions of cicadas as loud as lawnmowers emerge in 15 states after 17 years underground May 8, 2021
- 95 years in 95 seconds: David Attenborough turns 95 today. Happy Birthday! 🎂 BBC May 8, 2021
- Self-Reinforcing Feedback Loop #13, Climate-Change Summary, guymcpherson.com May 8, 2021
- G7 and the US Bid to Reassert Hegemony May 8, 2021
- Solar Flare, Big Eruption, Preview the End of the World | S0 News May.8.2021 May 8, 2021
- GLOBALink | Validated by WHO, Sinopharm eyes to become largest Covid-19 vaccine supplier May 8, 2021
- Richard Wright’s Novel About Racist Police Violence Was Rejected in 1941; It Has Just Been Published May 7, 2021
- Ep. 187: It’s Like Herding Americans! How To Defeat COVID This Year (w/ Laurie Garrett) | Rumble – Y ouTube May 7, 2021
- Explore the River: Bull Trout, Tribal People, and the Jocko River: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes May 7, 2021
- aay u sqélix͏ʷ – a history of bull trout and the Salish and Pend d’Oreille people by Thompson Smith May 7, 2021
- Going Medieval On White Supremacists | 1A May 6, 2021
- MIT X TAU Series: Africa’s Agricultural Reinvention – MIT Events May 6, 2021
- Gro Intelligence – AI company improving decision-making in climate, food, and agriculture May 6, 2021
- MIT X TAU Series May 6, 2021
- A famous locust organization of the past – OCLALAV May 6, 2021
- Balliol Historic Collections: Slavery in the Age of Revolution – trailer May 6, 2021
- The End of American Exceptionalism May 6, 2021
- Starr Forum: Racing to the Precipice: Global Climate, Political Climate May 6, 2021
- Bernie Sanders Launches Blistering Attack on Mitch McConnell in Kentucky May 6, 2021
- ‘Just a glorified blog’: Donald Trump launches new social media platform May 6, 2021
- Tanzanias fight to preserve the coral reefs May 6, 2021
- Trump-Era letter spells it out: Matt Gaetz paid underage girl for sex May 6, 2021
- Board member explains decision to keep Trump off Facebook for now, and why he may be back May 5, 2021
- Trump rips Cheney, McConnell, Pence over 2020 election May 5, 2021
- US storms: Hail, tornadoes and flash floods wreak havoc – BBC News May 5, 2021
- A high school gardening club plans seeds of community May 5, 2021
- Masterclass: Professor Mark Crispin Miller Teaches Election Theft May 5, 2021
- The Voter ID Scam May 5, 2021
- Fighting Election Theft: What You Can Do May 5, 2021
- Cheney’s views on Trump puts her GOP post in peril May 5, 2021
- Can democracy exist in the digital era? – YouTube May 5, 2021
- Former Republican Congressman Is Incredibly Concerned About The Current GOP | MSNBC May 5, 2021
- Greta Thunberg’s Message at the 2019 Right Livelihood Award Presentation May 5, 2021
- LIVE: Climate activist Greta Thunberg testifies to U.S. House May 5, 2021
- ‘People are listening’, Greta meets Sir David – BBC May 5, 2021
- Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World | Preview | PBS May 5, 2021
- WATCH LIVE: Greta Thunberg, climate experts testify before House on fossil fuel subsidies May 5, 2021
- The Human and Environmental Cost of Land Business | Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos May 5, 2021
- “Exterminate All the Brutes”: Filmmaker Raoul Peck Explores Colonialism & Origins of White Supremacy May 5, 2021
- Filipino Activist Walden Bello: Global Vaccine Disparity Shows “Irrationality of Global Capitalism ” May 5, 2021
- “Millions of Lives Are at Stake”: Pressure Grows on Biden to Back WTO Waiver on Vaccine Tech nology May 5, 2021
- Climate Science Destroyed In 8 Minutes May 5, 2021
- Full Interview: Edward Snowden On Trump, Privacy, And Threats To Democracy | The 11th Hour | MSNBC May 5, 2021
- The Creation of Inequality: How Our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery, and Empire: Joyce Marcus, Kent Flannery May 5, 2021
- Jim Downs : Maladies of Empire: How Colonialism, Slavery and War Transformed Medicine May 5, 2021
- Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction: Jim Downs May 5, 2021
Daily Archives: November 15, 2018
Faust Joins Goldman Sachs Board of Directors Days After Exiting Presidency | News | The Harvard Crimson
Former University President Drew G. Faust, pictured her in Feb. 2018, will likely see significant financial perks in her new job. Photo: Amy Y. Li
By Kristine E. Guillaume, Crimson Staff Writer July 5, 2018
Former University President Drew G. Faust has joined the board of directors of Goldman Sachs, the company announced in a press release Thursday.
The move comes less than a week after Faust ended her 11-year tenure at the helm of the nation’s oldest university. Her appointment to Goldman Sachs’s board as an independent director will expand the group from 11 to 12 members.
Goldman Sachs Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein ’75 praised Faust for leading Harvard through “a decade of growth and transformation” during her presidency in an emailed statement Thursday.
“Her perspective and experience running one of the most complex and preeminent institutions in the world will benefit our board, our firm and our shareholders,” Blankfein wrote.
Key Experience and Qualifications
- Institutional and risk management: Former President of Harvard University who, among other things, broadened the university’s international reach, promoted collaboration across disciplines and administrative units and helped to oversee the risks related to the university as well as the management of its endowment, all of which provides perspective on operational oversight and risk management of the firm
- Leadership and Governance: Current and prior service on the boards of directors of public and not-for-profit entities provides additional perspective on governance
- Human Capital and Diversity: Well-positioned to provide insight on the firm’s strategies relating to diversity, recruiting and retention
- Harvard University
- Lincoln Professor of History (Jan. 2001 – Present)
- President (Jul. 2007 – June 2018)
- Founding Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Jan. 2001 – Jul. 2007)
- University of Pennsylvania (1975 – 2000); various faculty positions including as the Annenberg Professor of History and the Director of the Women’s Studies Program
Other Professional Experience and Community Involvement
- Member, Educational Advisory Board, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
- Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
- Former Member, Board of Directors, The Broad Institute Inc.
- Former Member, Board of Directors, Harvard Management Company Inc.
- Graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania
Biofuels, Land Grabs, and the Right to Food: The Legacy of Colonialism and the Evolution of the Global Food System
The development of biofuels on a global basis has been a direct assault on the food supply of the most vulnerable populations of the world. But the biofuel scandal is part of a larger pattern of problems. In reality, the many projects for the development of biofuels in the “Global South” are only the most recent chapters in a long history of manipulation and abuse of the agricultural systems of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. The historical development of the international trade in foodstuffs during the Atlantic slave-trade and the subsequent re-organization of tropical agricultural production to favor “cash crops” during the periods of “legitimate commerce” and subsequent colonial domination has led to the current stark division of agricultural labor on a global scale. Briefly put, grains are shipped in bulk to the “Global South” in exchange for tropical “cash crops” shipped to the “Global North” through what was for a long time justified in terms of “the economics of comparative advantage.”
The most recent phase of this global reorganization of agriculture on the Earth’s surface occurred in a remarkably short period of time — effectively less than the life-time of an average adult in the Western World in the post-World War II era. Because of the innovations introduced by Norman Borlaug and promoted by the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and agricultural organizations that they funded — including the IFPRI and the CGIAR — the world food system was transformed in essence from a “solar sustainable” system into one that has become entirely “petro-dependent.” The so called “Green Revolution” has, in this respect, been assessed in radically different ways in the light of the evolution of human agriculture. On the one hand it represented an historical “breakthrough” and truly phenomenal success story in terms of the gross production of foodstuffs in a remarkably short period of time. On the other hand, it has been signaled as a breath-taking misunderstanding of the larger ecological context of agriculture and a monumental “wrong turn” in the historical development of human civilization.
The reason for the starkly contrasting assessments of the “Green Revolution” becomes apparent when the “energetics” of agriculture are analyzed in depth. In the post-World War II era, it seemed to many agricultural “experts” that the costs of the “inputs” to agriculture had been changed — in many cases, by the war itself. Land was available, but many of the pre-war rural populations had moved into cities or became displaced by warfare. From these displaced or urbanized populations there was an increased demand for food, but the relative decline in the rural agricultural labor force made it seem attractive to mechanize and motorize agriculture wherever possible to maintain or expand production with both a relatively tight labor force and in many cases a constrained land area.
Beyond land and labor, it seemed that water needed to be “managed” as well, and the expansion of irrigation systems seemed promising as a means of overcoming water shortage constraints. In these circumstances it seemed at the time that the increased use of petroleum technologies for the motorization of labor-saving processes in agriculture, the development of irrigation systems and the systematic use of petro-generated fertilizers offered an ideal solution to the perceived constraints on agriculture in the post-World War II era. The so called “Green Revolution” succeeded precisely because it offered the combination of these immediate solutions to what was perceived to be essentially a problem of increased production of food for the world as a whole.
In the final decades of the 20th century, however, it has become apparent that the classic inputs to agricultural production were squandered in the rush to expand immediate production levels as agriculture became a petro-intensive “industry.” The expansion of human food supplies was truly phenomenal, resulting in a tripling of Earth’s human population between 1945 and 2018. But while production increased dramatically, the energy productivity (the ratio of inputs to outputs) actually declined as the entire system came to depend upon 1) non-renewable inputs (fossil fuels, ammonia-based fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, etc.) and 2) the “mining” of renewable inputs that were exploited beyond the point of their capacity to be renewed (fossil water from aquifers, natural topsoil fertility, biogenetic diversity, etc. )
In reality, hidden from view in assessing the “costs” and “benefits” of this transformation was the total miscalculation in the equations of the subsidies provided to the emerging global system from fossil fuels and natural ecosystemic cycling systems that were destroyed in the frantic rush to promote petro-intensive agriculture. Now that the large-scale and long-term ecological “costs” of this petroleum subsidized agriculture are becoming apparent, judgments about the value of the “green revolution” are shifting. in terms of its impact on global plant genetic diversity, the destruction of natural soil fertility and its massive greenhouse gas emissions, the current forms of industrialized agriculture fostered by the “green revolution” are now seen as threatening global ecological sustainability.
- The Globalization of Food Production: The Atlantic Plantation System and the Origins of Africa’s Food Crisis
- Richard Manning on catastrophic agriculture, population overshoot, industrial civilization and (other selected publications)
- Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
- The Mythology of the Green Revolution – Vandana Shiva and further works by:
- Vandana Shiva – other publications, interviews, talks, etc.
as well as:
- Soils, Agriculture, Carbon Sequestration and Human Survival and
- Real Problems – False Solutions: Climate Change, Food Security and Bio-technology
- Fueling Future Food Production: Steps Toward a Solar Sustainable Agriculture
- Key Elements of Transition Studies: Rethinking Food, Water and Energy for Survival
- VOX – Voices from Oxford: Tim Weiskel – Advice to Young People: Environmental Sustainability and
- Dark Chocolate: The Bitter Truth Behind the Sweets We All Enjoy
While all the achievements of the Green Revolution were impressive in fueling the fastest growth spurt of the human population in the history of the world, it now seems that this was accomplished by sacrificing the future sustainability of agriculture on the Earth’s surface. Civilizations that transform their solar sustainable systems to a permanent dependence upon non-renewable resources cannot — and will not –themselves be renewed. They will collapse in the future as surely as they have collapsed in the past.
For further background material see:
Property and Dispossession: Natives, Empires and Land in Early Modern North America (Studies in North American Indian History): Allan Greer
Allan Greer examines the processes by which forms of land tenure emerged and natives were dispossessed from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries in New France (Canada), New Spain (Mexico), and New England. By focusing on land, territory, and property, he deploys the concept of ‘property formation’ to consider the ways in which Europeans and their Euro-American descendants remade New World space as they laid claim to the continent’s resources, extended the reach of empire, and established states and jurisdictions for themselves.
Challenging long-held, binary assumptions of property as a single entity, which various groups did or did not possess, Greer highlights the diversity of indigenous and Euro-American property systems in the early modern period. The book’s geographic scope, comparative dimension, and placement of indigenous people on an equal plane with Europeans makes it unlike any previous study of early colonization and contact in the Americas.