Presenter: Larry Carucci

  • Date: Sunday, Apr 23 (note day of week)
  • Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (note time of day)
  • Location: Holiday Inn

Located in the west central Pacific, the Marshall Islands are mere sand spits strung across the surface of the sea. Advantaged and disadvantaged by geography, residents have lived through continuous challenges – three colonial encounters prior to World War II, widespread trauma and death in major WWII battles; post-war US nuclear testing – leaving local people with environmental devastation, radiogenic illnesses, and unfulfilled promises; and now, sea rise that will destroy all habitable territory within the next century. This side trip to the Republic of the Marshall Islands invites participants to consider the profound challenges – and enduring resilience – of Marshall Islanders.

CarucciLaurence Marshall Carucci, Professor of Anthropology at Montana State University, has conducted field research for the past 45 years in the Marshall Islands and other places where Marshall Islanders reside. An adopted member of the Enewetak/Ujelang community, one of the northern atoll groups in the Marshall Islands who suffered through US nuclear testing following World War II, Larry has published numerous articles, book chapters, and books based on his anthropological work among residents of the Marshall Islands.