The 86th Village: An Evening with Sena Desai Gopal

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Sena Desai Gopal is the author of the novel The 86th Village and a journalist specializing in science and medicine, food, and travel. Her work has been published in The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, Modern Farmer, and The Times of India, among others. In this talk, she will address the growing problem, often referred to as “Managed Retreat,” of how to resettle people displaced by floods, fires, droughts and more. Governments around the world are struggling to find the means to help victims of natural and manmade catastrophes, and falling short because they do not have the money or the know-how.

The talk will be informed by the author’s experience growing up in Yadahalli, a village in Southern India that will one day drown in the backwaters of one of India’s biggest, most ambitious dams, The Upper Krishna Project. One hundred and seventy-six villages will go underwater, and more than 123,000 families will be displaced. The government does not have a concrete rehabilitation plan for the people who will be left homeless and without livelihoods. What does this mean for the village residents, the country, and our world?

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Coolidge Corner - Meeting Room
31 Pleasant Street, Brookline, MA 02446


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