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Living Off the Grid in 2020: The Uncontacted Tribes of India and Brazil - Libby Gerstner - Global Awareness Conference

Saturday, November 7, 2020 3:30pm to 4:30pm

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The final keynote speaker of the Global Awarenss Conference will introduce listeners to a few of the uncontacted tribes remaining in the world. These peoples are few in number because modern technology has created a truly interconnected world.

This presentation will describe what it means to be “uncontacted” in modern times and highlight what researchers have discovered about these groups and their cultures. Along with background knowledge about these tribes, this presentation will highlight some of the struggles that they have faced over the last few decades. Finally, this presentation will analyze several conflicting opinions about how best to approach these peoples—including whether it is in their best interest to approach them at all.

Libby Gerstner is a 2020 graduate of Tulane University Law School. In law school, Libby was a member of Tulane’s Journal of International Law where she published her case note on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and her comment on the laws embracing uncontacted tribes of India and Brazil. Libby is a Houston native and has returned home to start her legal career with Vinson & Elkins LLP in January 2021.

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