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Elephants and the Illegal Ivory Trade

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, Gittis 213 3501 Sansom Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

University of Pennsylvania's Master of Environmental Studies and Master of Applied Geosciences present: 

Elephants and the Illegal Ivory Trade


Elephants and the Illegal Ivory Trade: Screening select films from the International Elephant Film Festival and a panel discussion about wildlife tracking, the ivory trade, and threats to elephants. This event is brought to you by the Penn MES Program, and the Environmental Law Project. 

Panel Speakers

Dr. Nitin Sekar: Nitin Sekar is a conservation scientist serving as a science-policy fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His primary interest is to find socially just and equitable ways to conserve wildlife, particularly functionally and culturally important species. He received his doctorate in ecology for asking questions like whether elephants can be functionally replaced as seed dispersers in India; how much more international tourists are willing to pay for cultural tourism in Tanzania; how the CITES one-time sale of ivory to China affected elephant poaching levels worldwide; and whether the Indian government honored the rights of tribal villagers while trying to relocate them from a tiger reserve. His current work includes improving evaluations of conservation projects, exploring ways to better involve indigenous and rural populations in conservation decision making, and supporting a multi-sectoral partnership to reduce wildlife trafficking.


PA State Rep. Madeleine Dean: Rep. Madeleine Dean was elected in 2012 to represent Pennsylvania's 153rd Legislative District. She brings with her nearly three decades of experience as a lawyer, writer and teacher - and as Abington Township Commissioner, Ward 7. For the last 11 years, Madeleine has been an assistant professor of English at La Salle University, in Philadelphia, where she teaches composition, persuasive writing and rhetoric, business writing, legal writing, and ethics. In addition, Madeleine is a writer and is a contributor to the Philadelphia Daily News and other publications. Prior to teaching, Madeleine practiced law in Philadelphia. She also served as in-house counsel to Cunnane Bicycle Company, Inc., and later opened a small three-woman general law practice in Glenside. Madeleine earned her undergraduate degree at La Salle University, Philadelphia; her law degree at Widener University School of Law, in Wilmington, Delaware - and is currently attending the University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government. She is a lifelong parishioner of St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Glenside, and has served as a board member for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. In addition, she has volunteered for Christmas in April/Rebuilding Together, and was an executive council member at Ancillae-Assumpta Academy. Madeleine, her husband, PJ Cunnane, and their three sons - Patrick, Harry and Alex - live in Jenkintown, Abington Township.

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