Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

David Good Reunites with his Mother in the Amazon Rain Forest

The Legacy Project, an interdisciplinary initiative at County College of Morris that delivers engaging lectures for faculty, staff and the community, will focus on Latin America at its second event of the 2016-17 academic year.

David Good

David Good

The event will feature a special lecture and book signing by David Good, son of a prominent American anthropologist, Kenneth Good, and a Yanomami indigenous woman, Yarima.

At age five, Good saw his mother leave the family’s home in New Jersey and never come back. Twenty years later, he embarked on a journey to her indigenous homeland and reunited with his mother in a remote village nestled deep in the Amazon rain forest of southeastern Venezuela.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 12:30 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center, Room 121, on CCM’s Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road. The event is free and open to the public.

ccmIn a passage from his memoir titled “The Way Around,” Good recounts, “During my stay with the Yanomami, I have realized that we have so much to learn and gain from such a great and proud people. Though my village has no written language, no calendar, does not count beyond two and is unaware of what is beyond their tropical borders, I have learned and experienced the essence of what it is to be human. The Yanomami, free from the distractions and woes of modern technology and societal strive, are intimately intertwined with the environment and have taught me genuine human interaction.”

David Good

David Good

This year, the Legacy Project will continue to celebrate and explore the many cultures of Latin America, according to Professor John Soltes, co-chair of the Legacy Project. More than 350 people attended the initial Legacy event this year, a performance by Ballet Hispánico’s BHdos company. The next event is scheduled for March 21, featuring a local chef and Latin jazz band.

The Legacy Project launched at CCM in 2013 with a panel discussion on civil rights. In 2014, the project hosted lectures by Joyce Johnson and Hettie Jones, two important figures in the Beat Generation movement of the 1950s and 1960s. In 2015, the project focused on issues surrounding genocide.

Visitors to this year’s event need to RSVP in advance, and on the day of the event obtain a parking pass from the Public Safety office (a campus map can be found at www.ccm.edu/fullsize.html). To RSVP, contact Soltes at 973-328-5469 or jsoltes@ccm.edu