Countries around the world struggle to achieve sustainable futures. Australian National University researchers Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey argue in their talk that in India, the removal of waste and efforts to reuse it also lay waste to the lives of human beings. People who work with waste are often injured and stigmatized as they deal with sewage, toxic chemicals and rotting garbage. Their book “Waste of a Nation” offers an anthropological and historical account of India’s complex relationship with garbage. Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.