On March 2, co-writer Anna Tsing, a professor in UC Santa Cruz’s anthropology department, will present “The Golden Snail Opera” in Willamette University’s Roger’s Music Center at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and no ticket is required.
“The Golden Snail Opera” is a multimedia presentation that uses video and performance to tell the story of the golden treasure snail, a species introduced to Taiwan in 1979 as a new food source. Instead, the snail ravaged rice paddies and became a major agricultural pest. The performance highlights rice farmers who forego poison. Instead, these “friendly farmers” manage and integrate the invasive species to bolster production.
“The Golden Snail Opera tells an important story in a new way“ says Joe Bowersox, Willamette University environmental and earth sciences professor and director of the Dempsey Lecture Series. “I hope our students and the public are inspired to incorporate lessons from the performance into their lives.”
The event is sponsored by the Dempsey Foundation and Willamette University’s Environmental and Earth Sciences Department. For more information, contact Joe Bowersox at 503-370-6220.