photo of pipelines and power plant

This group aims to foster a dialogue concerning critical environmental issues affecting Latin America, and improve the understanding of the natural, social, historical, economic, political, and cultural contexts in which these environmental issues are embedded. It also seeks to create a space for studying the many challenges and opportunities in the energy sector of Latin America and the Caribbean through the lens of environmental sustainability. In addition to guided discussions, the group will create opportunities for students and faculty to present and discuss their own work, and to provide valuable feedback to other members. During the 2020-21 academic year, the group will also host a series of environmentally-focused cultural events, a film screening and guest speakers from Latin America.

Coordinated by:

Prof. Dalia Patiño Echeverri (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke,
Prof. Christine Folch (Cultural Anthropology, Duke,
Prof. Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke,
Prof. Jennifer Swenson (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke,
Lianna Gomori Ruben (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke)
Mauricio Hernández
(Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke)
Chiara Klein
(Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke)
Rani Kumar
(Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke)
Claudia Meca Van Den Berg
(Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke)

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 15 @ 5 pm

Cooking Class with Soul Cocina
Silvana of Soul Cocina

Virtual Cooking Class with Soul Cocina

Since the first event was such a success, WGELA in partnership with the Black and Latinx Club (BLC) invite you to join us for a second Colombian-inspired virtual
cooking class!

Silvana, local chef of Soul Cocina presents Plantains 101

During this fun hands-on class we will learn about one of Latin-American’s favorite ingredient: plantains. We will discuss the difference between types of plantains and explore techniques for the preparation and use of this versatile food.  Keep an eye out for the registration link! The first 10 Durham-based students will be provided with a free ingredients kit.

Born in Colombia, Silvana grew up among a rich food culture and agricultural tradition where making food from scratch was the norm. She showed a strong curiosity when visiting farmer’s markets with her family, asking endless questions about the herbs and vegetables on offer. She has traveled extensively, always learning about new cooking techniques, visiting markets for inspiration and learning new recipes from the locals. In 2015, her vision became a reality: Soul Cocina, a plant-based company that focuses on providing nutritious, innovative meals to people from all walks of life. Her delicious, healthy meals can be ordered online and are found at different farmer’s markets in the NC triangle area. 

Past Events

Wednesday, Oct 28 @ 7 pm

poster for Jaguar, Voice of a Territory

Streaming of film: Jaguar, Voice of a Territory

Jaguar, Voice of a Territory is a Colombian production that took a decade to complete. It talks about love, affection, respect, humility, temperance and courage. It talks about balance with oneself and the other. It is the voice of a territory and a tradition where the jaguar dwells and seeks to be heard.

It is a tour through the mountains, jungles and plains where the jaguar has directly engaged with humans, creating a journey of chants, myths and cultural traditions which narrate the history of the man-jaguar relationship, and speak to the importance of preserving this species which finds itself severely threatened.

*With participation of Director Simón González Vélez.