Visscher-Gingerich Invited to be Documentary Discussant
Visscher-Gingerich Invited to be Documentary Discussant

Upper School Spanish teacher Dr. Paloma Visscher-Gingerich was invited to be a discussant at a special Charlottesville-area screening of River of Gold, the award-winning documentary film by Amazon Aid Foundation, at the Central Branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. The event, which took place on Jan. 16, was organized by Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club and Amazon Aid.

For the past five years, "Dr. V" has been using this documentary to teach her AP Spanish students about the destruction caused by illegal gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon, and to inspire them to consider how economic development can be made compatible with environmental protection. During the panel discussion, "Dr. V," a native of Peru and former anthropologist, described the socioeconomic context of the Madre de Dios Region of Peru, the location where the events recorded in the documentary took place.

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