Tuesday, January 15, 2012

7:30 PM

Other people’s bugs: The politics and perceptions of public health pests on global and personal scales

Haller Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Harvard University


Richard Pollack

Richard Pollack

Richard Pollack, Harvard University

Diverse insects find people attractive – and cause other people to shun those endowed with genuine and presumed infestations. Fears of certain insects have long been used as excuses to repress the liberty and opportunities of others, or as political fodder to advance political agenda. Richard Pollack will highlight several examples pertaining to lice, mosquitoes, bed bugs and yet other of his favorite creatures to scratch the surface of this complex topic.

The talk is free and open to the public. The meeting is readily accessible via public transportation. Parking is available in the Oxford Street Garage with advance arrangement, as described here, or (usually but not always) at spaces on nearby streets. Everyone is also welcome to join us for dinner before the talk (beginning at 6:00 PM) at the West Side Lounge restaurant.

CEC meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month from October through May. The evening schedule typically includes an informal dinner (6:00 to 7:15 PM) followed by our formal meeting (7:30 – 9:00 PM). The latter begins with club business and is followed by a 50 minute entomology related presentation. Membership is open to amateur and professional entomologists.