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The Latin American Dialogues Speaker Series Presents

High-End Coffee, Maya Farmers, and the Creation of Value

Dr. Edward Fischer, Vanderbilt University


On October 14 the second event of the Latin American Dialogues Speaker Series was held.

Dr. Ted Fischer (Vanderbilt University, Dept. of Anthropology) gave a great talk about how Mayan and non-Mayan coffee farmers in the Guatemalan highlands are working to create value and take advantage of new consumer trends (especially “third-wave coffee”). Over 50 people attended, and there was a lively Q & A with several questions from UTC students that lasted for about 40 minutes. Overall, it was a great second installment in the speaker series.

Edward (Ted) Fischer is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is also the founder of Maní+, a social enterprise in Guatemala that develops and produces locally sourced foods to fight malnutrition. His research focuses on values, wellbeing, and the cultural contexts of health and economic development. He has authored or edited a number of books, including most recently The Good Life. He is currently completing a book titled Coffee and Values: Third Wave Tastes, Maya Farmers, and Determinations of Worth.

Please direct questions to:  Dr. Edward Brudney (edward-brudney@utc.edu) or Dr. Emma McDonell (emma-mcdonell@utc.edu)

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