TESTIMONIAL DEBRIS:
Open Information Forums
Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca

The mobile exhibition, presented in January 2019 in Oaxaca, was accompanied by two open information forums and was the product of the master's thesis research of three Mexican students specialized in landscape architecture, critical conservation, urban design, and risk and resilience.

The forums, held in the Ciudad Ixtepec's reading room and Juchitan de Zaragoza's "El Ocote" cultural center, aimed to promote dialogue between the researchers and the participating population. Each session was free and open to the public, including an in-depth presentation of the exhibition's results and an extensive question-and-answer session.

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MASTER'S THESIS PRESENTATIONS
Master in Design Studies
Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

The following two theses arose from the research conducted by Pasa La Voz, and they were presented at Harvard University in 2019:

 

Cultural Assets for Disaster Recovery: A Study of Community Involvement at the Isthmus of Tehuantepec After the 2017 Earthquakes

Author: Betzabe Valdés

Advisors: Diane Davis, Susan Snyder, George Thomas

MDes Concentration: Critical Conservation

Disaster Planning Across Scales: Lessons from Post-Earthquake Rubble Management in Oaxaca, Mexico

Author: Dení López

Advisor: Michael Hooper

MDes Concentration: Risk and Resilience

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GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE:
Emerging Scholars
Yale University, Forestry and Environmental Studies

In 2019, the inaugural Global Environmental Justice Conference at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, supported by The Graciela Chichilnisky Environmental Fund in Honor of Natasha Chichilnisky-Heal, explored pressing topics including extractive industries and human rights, environmental governance, adaptation in response to climate change, and engaging with multiple knowledge systems.

Betzabe Valdes and Deni Lopez participated in this event with their respective master's theses. Betzabe presented her work on the "Risk, Resilience and Climate Change" panel, while Dení participated in the poster session under the theme of "Urban Environments".

 

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BEYOND RECONSTRUCTION: 
Environmental, social, and infrastructural challenges for long-term recovery after major earthquakes in
Mexico and Chile
Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

This symposium, in which Betzabe Valdes, Nadyeli Quiroz, and Deni Lopez participated, was organized by the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Recupera Chile, and Adams House.

The event addressed the complications that arise over the years after the initial response to disasters, understanding that there is a recovery period that requires the attention of the entire society to create public policies. Thus, recovery provides a unique opportunity for a region to reevaluate existing conditions and plan for a positive future for its residents and resilience infrastructure.

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