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Rethinking the Nature and History of Conservation

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

This past spring Assistant Professor of History Jacob Dlamini taught "White Hunters, Black Poachers," a course that asked his students to discuss the justification of using violence against the poachers and criminal syndicates who illegally hunt the animal for its iconic horn — and the moral authority non-Africans have to push for those measures. The course was supported by the Program in Afrtican Studies.

Dlamini thinks that conservation is too often simplified as a matter of protecting animals and ecosystems from people. "What the world needs is a much more nuanced appreciation of conservation and environmental history,” said Dlamani, who is a qualified field guide and a graduate of the Southern African Wildlife College. “I want students to walk away with a better understanding of Africa and the history of conservation, and to see the need to rethink conventional approaches to conservation.”

Read more about the course.