May 4, 2023

Luncheon talk with Dr. Pamela McElwee on Forests Are Gold

May 4, 2023, 11:30 – 13:00, Classroom 501, Level 5, Fulbright University Vietnam

In the next episode of ‘Fulbright Speakers’ Series: The World Beyond a Book’, Fulbright University Vietnam cordially invites you to a luncheon talk with Dr. Pamela McElwee on her book Forests Are Gold – Trees, People, and Environmental Rule in Vietnam.

⏰Time: 11:30 AM – 01:00 PM on Thursday, May 4, 2023 (Vietnam time, GMT +7)

📌Location: Classroom 501, Level 5, Fulbright University Vietnam

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🙌Lunch will be provided at the venue based on your registration

Forests Are Gold examines the management of Vietnam’s forests in the tumultuous twentieth century—from French colonialism to the recent transition to market-oriented economics—as the country united, prospered, and transformed people and landscapes. Forest policy has rarely been about ecology or conservation for nature’s sake, but about managing citizens and society, a process Pamela McElwee terms “environmental rule.” Untangling and understanding these practices and networks of rule illuminates not just thorny issues of environmental change, but also the birth of Vietnam itself.


Fulbright Speakers’ Series is a quest for knowledge and understanding with diverse incisive viewpoints of prominent authors, both in Vietnam and globally, venturing into a myriad of topics ranging from development history and current Vietnam in the context of globalization, to the importance of mental health in being a compassionate community member.

About the speaker:

Pamela McElwee is Professor of Human Ecology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. She holds a joint Ph.D. in anthropology and forestry from Yale and has conducted research in Vietnam since 1996. Her book Forests are Gold: Trees, People and Environmental Rule in Vietnam won the 2017 European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EUROSEAS) prize for best social science book on Southeast Asia. She was awarded a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship for work on her next book, Rivers of Blood, Mountains of Bone: An Environmental History of the Vietnam War. She is currently co-chairing the thematic assessment of the interlinkages among biodiversity, climate, water, food and health (‘nexus assessment’) for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).