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Dr. Ryan Thomas Adams, assistant professor of anthropology at Lycoming College, will exhibit his photographs and video from his fieldwork in the Brazilian Amazon from Feb. 7 to 27 in the Digital Communications Gallery. An opening reception for his exhibit, "Santarem Brazil: A Visual Anthropology Exhibit," will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.
"My ethnographic research seeks to understand the place of large-scale landowners in the area around the city of SantarÃ©m in ParÃ¡ State, Brazil," Adams said. "SantarÃ©m lies in the heart of the Amazon, but is a fairly large city, the third-largest in the Amazon with around half a million people. Despite its perception outside Brazil as a pristine rainforest, the region has seen a recent increase in large-scale industrial agriculture and modern agribusiness. As one of the poorest regions of Brazil, people living in the Amazon are concerned about the need to grow the economy and eager for economic growth but many are worried about the impact of this major change on their community."
Adams said the show is an opportunity to explore the role of visual representation of ethnographic research sites. He added that there is a long-standing tradition in anthropology of using photography and more recently video to capture and communicate elements of culture not adequately represented through text alone.
Lycoming College is a four-year residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic rigor, a supportive faculty and successful student outcomes. It offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.