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Better a Pen in Hand than a Rope across the Forehead: Education, Outmigration, and Social Change in Nepal

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
7 p.m. Dunseth Auditorium, Harmon Hall

Dr. Geoff ChildsDr. Geoff Childs, Professor of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, is a cultural anthropologist who studies how demographic processes (fertility, mortality, and migration) are associated with social transformations in Tibetan societies. Dr. Childs completed his BA at the University of Colorado, Boulder and his MA and PhD at Indiana University. In his research uses statistical analysis to quantify demographic trends, and ethnographic inquiry to investigate peoples’ motives and rationales for choosing certain courses of action, and the ensuing consequences. He is the author of Tibetan Diary: From Birth to Death in a Himalayan Valley of Nepal (2004), Tibetan Transitions: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Fertility, Family Planning, and Demographic Change (2008), and Better a Pen in Hand than a Rope across the Forehead: Education, Outmigration, and Social Change in Highland Nepal (forthcoming, 2018).  Dr. Childs has also co-authored papers funded by the National Science Foundation that involved interviewing survivors of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

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