Zube Lecture with Professor Elizabeth Brabec
January 30, 2019
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Olver Design Building
UMass Amherst Campus
Elizabeth Brabec, Director of the Center for Heritage and Society, and Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at UMass, presents: "Climate Change Action in a Post Truth, Post Science World: The answer lies in social and cultural values."
Culture and heritage, and how they affect perceptions of land and nature are central to her research. She sits on the International Scientific Committee for Cultural Landscapes (ISCCL) of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) which is the advisory body on cultural heritage to the UNESCO World Heritage List. She is also currently engaged in the Climate Change and Heritage Working Group (CCHWG) of ICOMOS, which is preparing a climate action plan for ICOMOS and World Heritage.
Currently her research focuses on the importance of culture and heritage and it’s impacts on migration and displacement. This is inextricably linked with the cultural uses of land, particularly in the realm of urban agriculture and food systems, and culture’s affect on sustainable development practices. She works cross-culturally with communities in the United States and in locations around the world and leads a field study class annually to Prague.
Before joining the University of Massachusetts as Professor and Department Head, she served as Professor and Department Head in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Utah State University and as an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment. With a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph, Canada, and a Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Maryland, she founded and was President of the award winning landscape planning firm, Land Ethics, Inc. until 2002.