The Graduate Center (CUNY) 9100, The Skylight Room
Under capitalism, economic growth is seen as the key to collective well-being. In Self-Devouring Growth Julie Livingston upends this notion, showing that while consumption-driven growth may seem to benefit a particular locale, it produces a number of unacknowledged, negative consequences that ripple throughout the wider world. Structuring the book as a parable in which the example of Botswana has lessons for the rest of the globe, Livingston shows how fundamental needs for water, food, and transportation become harnessed to what she calls self-devouring growth: an unchecked and unsustainable global pursuit of economic growth that threatens catastrophic environmental destruction.
Please join us on the evening of Monday, February 24th at 6:30pm, when Julie Livingston will be joined in conversation by Brian Larkin to discuss Livingston’s new book Self-Devouring Growth: A Planetary Parable as Told from Southern Africa. This talk will be held in the William P. Kelly Skylight Room beginning at 6:30 p.m., with a reception to follow.