Area Studies: The Plus and Minuses

Laura Nader

Part of the Spring 2016 Bay Area Latin America Forum

April 11, 2016

Area Studies: The Plus and Minuses

Event Description

For centuries, as Western civilization has enjoyed an expansive and flexible geographic domain, Westerners have observed other cultures with little interest in a return gaze. These other civilizations have been similarly disinclined when they have held sway. Professor Nader will discuss her collected observations by scholars, diplomats, missionaries, travelers, merchants, and students reflecting upon their own “Wests.”


Laura Nader is a professor of anthropology at UC Berkeley. She is the author of What the Rest Think of the West and Harmony, Ideology, Injustice and Control in a Mountain Zapotec Village