Environmental and indigenous rights activist to speak at FSU

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Marta Azevedo, Brazilian activist, anthropologist and demographer, will speak at FSU Jan. 22.Marta Azevedo, Brazilian activist, anthropologist and demographer, will speak at FSU Jan. 22.

Florida State University will host Marta Azevedo — Brazilian activist, anthropologist and demographer — for a talk titled “Land Conflict & Fires in Amazônia,” on Jan. 22.

Azevedo will provide details on the illegal economic activities that threaten indigenous territories and ecosystems in the Amazon. She also will focus on alliances between indigenous groups and local/global allies that can protect the region.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the speaker. The event will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at The Globe Auditorium, 110 S. Woodward Ave.

Azevedo has collaborated with the Rio Negro Indigenous Peoples Federation (FOIRN) in Brazil for more than 10 years and served as president of Brazil’s Bureau of Indigenous Affairs (FUNAI) in 2012-2013. She has worked with indigenous peoples in the Amazon for 30 years, striving to make the traditional Amazonian peoples and their organizations visible in Brazil’s National Congress, its universities and in its official statistics.

This event is a collaboration between the Center for Global Engagement’s Engage Your World Intercultural Dialogue Series, FSU’s Center for Demography and Population Health and the Brazilian Student Association at FSU.