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June 17th 2015:Living the Good Life: A Conversation with Author Edward Fischer

Initially unsure of what to study or pursue for work, Dr. Edward Fischer tended bar for a while and then his parents sent him on a trip to Guatemala for a little rest and redirection. And that fortunate intervention helped him fall in love with Latin America and ultimately study anthropology. Today Dr. Fischer makes a career studying people all over the world, including how they participate in the economy, and has written several books chronicling his study experiences. Professor Fischer also deeply cares about malnutrition in children, knowing the profound difference a good diet makes to a yo

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Edward F. Fischer

Edward F. Fischer is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is also the founder of Mani plus, a program in Guatemala that develops and produces locally sourced complementary foods to fight malnutrition. Dr. Fischer is also a Wellbeing Advisor to the World Health Organization. He has written and edited several books, including Cultural Logics and Global Economies, Broccoli and Desire, and Cash on the Table. His new book, The Good Life: Aspiration, Dignity, and Anthropology of Wellbeing is out from Stanford University Press.
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