The Cycles of Social and Environmental Complexity in Lowland Latin America

Short Seminar

March 29–30, 2005

As part of an ongoing institutional collaboration, SAR interim president George Gumerman co-chaired a March planning seminar for “The Cycles of Social and Environmental Complexity in Lowland Latin America” with Santa Fe Institute (SFI) research professor J. Stephen Lansing. “A critical question is whether there are constraints within lowland environments in the region that cause societies to develop in such a way that the collapse and dissolution of systems is common or inevitable,” Dr. Gumerman explains. The group was preparing for an intensive SFI workshop on the topic that took place in Brazil in May.

George J. Gumerman, Chair Interim President, School for Advanced Research
J. Stephen Lansing, Chair Research Professor, Santa Fe Institute
Rob Axtel Senior Fellow, Center on Social and Economic Dynamics, The Brookings Institution
Paulo Antonio Dantas De Blasis Professor, Museo de Arqueologia, São Paulo, Brasil
Suzanne Fish Curator, Arizona State Museum
Maria Dulce Gaspar Professor, Department of Anthropology, Universidade Federal Do Rio De Janeiro
Michael Heckenberger Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida
Shannon Larsen Director, International Program Director, Santa Fe Institute
Vernon Scarborough Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Cincinnati
Joseph Tainter Project Leader, Cultural Heritage Research, USDA Forest Service
Geoff West Distinguished Research Professor, Santa Fe Institute

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