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Joyce Lu

“As a student of anthropology, I have learned to see the environment as social constructs, a product of our human imaginations and creations. What that means is that our imaginations have material, physical effects on a world that we share with other non-human things and people that have different ways of imagining and creating the environment. As such, the environment is what connects us and implicates us in the lives and worlds of other humans and non-humans. There is a difference between knowing the environment through transforming worlds into our own vs. stepping outside of one’s own environment and into that of another’s. The challenge is finding a way to live in this shared world such that we do not transform other imaginations and creations into our own.”

Joyce Lu
MD/PhD at Rutgers-RWJMS
Department of Anthropology
Co-founder, Meal Flour