Spring and Summer 2013 Events
Water In Our World International Photo Competition Reception held on January 10th, 2013 in the Sonya Haynes Stone Center. The winning photographs from this year’s contest, which were initially displayed in the Stone Center before being moved to several different locations across campus, were presented and each participant was be recognized individually.
Bob McDonald, CEO of Procter & Gamble, lecture held on January 14th, 2013 in the Koury Auditorium of the McColl Building as part of the Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean’s Speaker Series. Mr. McDonald’s talk focused on P&G’s Global Water Project in Africa.
2013 Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture featuring Dr. Jeffrey McDonnell held on January 16th, 2013 in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center. Dr. McDonnell is a watershed hydrologist and ecohydrologist at the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan and Distinguished Professor at the University of Aberdeen and Oregon State University. He spent January through March, 2013, in North Carolina, working primarily from UNC’s Institute for the Environment in Chapel Hill and spending one day a week at Duke University working with colleagues at the Nicholas School of the Environment. The Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Professorship was created in 2004 by then-UNC-CH Chancellor James Moeser to honor Keohane, Duke’s president at the time. The professorship is to spark collaboration between the two universities, a mission McDonnell has embraced.
“Cryoacoustic Orb: A Sound Installation” exhibit at the Ackland Art Museum held on Sunday January 20th, 2013. For more information: http://events.unc.edu/cal/event/showEventMore.rdo;jsessionid=0CCA4C55EA0AD0CC0E6AE8CB35DF6D2E.
The Institute for the Environment at UNC and the Institute for Advanced Materials hosted its January Energy and Environment Lunch on Tuesday January 29th, 2013 in the Dey Hall Toy Lounge located in Dey Hall. The featured speaker was Brian O’Hara, President of the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition who discussed the future of offshore wind energy production in the southeastern United States.
Lecture by Jim Salzman, author of Drinking Water: A History and a professor of Law and Environmental Policy at Duke University, held on January 31st, 2013, in the FedEx Global Education Center as part of the “Water In Our World” Speaker Series.
The Environmental Finance Center at UNC hosted its Annual Water and Wastewater Funding Strategies workshop on February 5 – 6th, 2013, that provided utility practitioners with new skills and up-to-date information on infrastructure finance planning strategies and funding resources in conjunction the EFC’s Water Management Leadership Program.
The Global Sustainability Symposium: Water and Energy in the Crosshairs was held February 6 – 8th, 2013, at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School hosted by UNC Center for European Studies, UNC Kenan-Flagler Center for Sustainable Enterprise, UNC Center for International Business, Education and Research (CIBER), UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies and UNC African Studies Center. For more information: http://areastudies.unc.edu/sustainability-symposium/.
Carolina Science Cafe Series event featuring Ed Kerwin, Executive Director of OWASA (Orange Water and Sewer Authority) titled “Water: Second Only To Air” was held on Thursday February 7th, 2013 in the Back Bar area of Top of the Hill Restaurant.
Ed has 30+ years of progressively responsible experience operating and managing public water and wastewater utilities in Maryland, Florida and North Carolina. In July 1996, Ed became the Executive Director of the Orange Water and Sewer Authority which provides water, wastewater and reclaimed water services to the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro and to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ed has bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Lecture by Dr. Tim Burt, Professor of Geography and Dean for Environmental Sustainability at Durham (United Kingdom) University, titled “Long-term monitoring of nitrate concentrations – implications for science, policy, and management” held on Wednesday February 13th, 2013 in 106 Gardner Hall.
The Chapel Hill Philharmonia, a community based orchestra, performed Handel’s Water Music and Claude Debussy’s La Mer as part of their Winter Concert performance entitled “Rising Swells: Music on Water” in the Hill Hall Auditorium.
Lecture by Don Reid based around his book on the Paris sewer system titled Paris Sewers and Sewermen: Realities and Representations held on February 27th, 2013, in the FedEx Global Education Center as part of the “Water In Our World” Speaker Series.
Second Annual One In Eight banquet held on Friday March 1st, 2013, in the Great Hall of the FPG Student Union hosted by A Drink For Tomorrow benefitting the group’s clean water and sanitation projects in Latin America. The event featured a catered dinner from City Kitchen, a special presentation by climate change expert and published authorFelix Dodds, and musical and artistic displays by UNC students. All proceeds helped directly fund a sustainable water project in Peru. For more information on the A Drink For Tomorrow organization: http://www.adft.org/Home.html.
John Kao, author of “Innovation Nation,” and UNC public health alumnus Gary White, co-founder and chief executive officer of Water.org discussed “Changing the World through Innovation” in a free public talk moderated by Chancellor Holden Thorp on Monday March 4th, 2013 in the Genome Sciences Building Auditorium. Details: http://college.unc.edu/2013/02/12/2013freytalk/.
White and actor Matt Damon co-founded Water.org, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation. White’s entrepreneurial vision has driven innovations in the way water is delivered and financed, and his approach now serves as a global model.
Kao has been dubbed “a serial innovator” by the Economist magazine. He is chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Innovation and founder and chairman of the Institute for Large Scale Innovation, a group of innovation leaders from around the world. He has degrees in philosophy and medicine from Yale, and business administration from Harvard, where he taught in the business school. He is also a jazz pianist and spent the summer of 1969 playing keyboards for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.
Financing Development in Africa: National Initiatives and Donor Support, a panel discussion featuring six Senior Finance Ministry officials from a diverse group of African nations to discuss ways in which African nations and their development partners grapple with thorny issues in development financing, was held on Wednesday March 6th, 2013, in the FedEx Global Education Center. This event, which was moderated by Dr. Georges Nzongola, a UNC professor of African Studies, was sponsored by the Global Research Institute, the Center for African Studies and the Department of African and Afro-American Studies. The six panel participants were:
• Ms. Lilian Best, Special Assistant to the Minister, Ministry of Finance, Republic of Liberia
• Mr. Xavier M Ekpo, Assistant Director (Infrastructure), Ministry of Finance , Federal Republic of Nigeria
• Mr. Sana Jawara, Chief Public Health Officer,Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Republic of the Gambia
• Mr. Moses Mabior Deu, Director of Aid Coordination,Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning, Republic of South Sudan
• Mrs. Hawa Musa, Senior Development Finance Adviser, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Republic of Sierra Leone
• Mr. Fred Muhumuza , Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Republic of Uganda
Carolina Science Cafe Series event titled “Water To Live By and Die For” featuring Dr. Jamie Bartram, Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and Director of the Water Institute at UNC, both housed in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, was held on Thursday March 7th, 2013, in the Back Bar area of Top of the Hill Restaurant. The focus of Dr. Bartam’s talk wasglobal water issues at large.
The UNC Art Department, with support from the African Studies Center and UNC Global, presented a lecture by artist Bright Ugochukwu Eke, the 2013 UNC Hanes Visiting Artist-in-Residence, titled “Water as a Medium, Idea, and Concept for Art” on Tuesday March 19th, 2013 in Hanes Art Center.
While at UNC he collaborated with students to create a large, site-specific installation in the FedEx Global Education Center as one of three components in the exhibit “The Water of Life: Artistic Expressions.” A celebration for the completion of Eke’s installation took place on March 28.
An endowment established in 1983 through the generosity of Nancy and Robin Hanes supports the Art Department’s Visiting Artist Series. This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to UNC’s M.F.A. students.
In conjunction with the 2012-2014 UNC campus-wide theme “Water In Our World,” and in celebration of World Water Day 2013, the FedEx Global Education Center unveiled “The Water of Life: Artistic Expressions”, a multi-faceted art exhibit, on March 21st, 2013, which challenged the viewer to consider the implications of an evolving environment, the restrictions of necessary everyday tasks caused by the lack of water, and the power that access to clean water has to change lives.
The exhibition opening began with a reception and art viewing of original oil paintings by UNC student Caroline Orr. Proceeds from the sale of her pieces benefitted A Drink For Tomorrow, a UNC student organization, and their volunteer project in Peru. For more information: http://paintingforpipeline.org/.
Allen Anderson and Brooks de Wetter-Smith also presented three multimedia works composed by Anderson – Iceblink, a meditation on Antarctica with photography/videography by de Wetter-Smith and a live performance by eight musicians, a soprano and a narrator; Return Radius with photography by Tama Hochbaum and solo flute performance by de Wetter-Smith; and Graffito with electronic music and video created by Hochbaum. A site-specific art installation by UNC Hanes Visiting Artist-in-Residence Bright Ugochukwu Eke and global water images submitted to the 2012-2013 Carolina Global Photography Competition were also be on display.
This event was hosted by the UNC Art Department, Department of Music, and UNC Global with support from the UNC African Studies Center.
The Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology presented its Jenner Memorial Lecture featuring Dr. Klement Tockner of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology & Inland Fisheries on Thursday March 21st, 2013, in Wilson Hall 128. The title of Dr. Tockner’s talk was “Domesticated rivers: Rethinking science and management.” For more information: http://cee.unc.edu/sem/s13/Poster%203-21-2013%20Tockner.pdf.
March 22nd, 2013: World Water Day – International Year of Water Cooperation
Working Toward Water Justice in North Carolina: A Symposium of Short Talks and Big Ideas event was held on Tuesday March 26th, 2013 in Hyde Hall and presented by the UNC Graduate School’s Weiss Urban Liveability Program. This event aimed to catalyze engaged scholarship by bringing together students, faculty, and community leaders to present their ideas, research, and/or work related to pressing water justice issues within the state. A lightning round of presentations, followed by a poster/table expo, formed the basis of the program. For more information: http://gradschool.unc.edu/funding/gradschool/weiss/symposium/.
Lecture by Felix Dodds, former executive director of the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, titled ” The Emerging Role of Water in the Global Climate Negotiations” held on on March 27th, 2013, in the FedEx Global Education Center as part of the “Water In Our World” Speaker Series. The lecture focused on the difficulty of bringing water to the forefront of global negotiations on climate change, the role that water plays throughout the process of migration and adaptation, and the increasing challenges to water availability in the future.
A reception celebrating the completion of the water art installation by 2013 UNC Hanes Visiting Artist-in-Residence Bright Eke was held on Thursday March 28th in the FedEx Global Education Center. This installation was one of three components in the exhibit “The Water of Life: Artistic Expressions,” and incorporated recycled and assembled materials to explore the political, ethical, and ecological issues of water. The reception was hosted by the UNC Art Department with support from the African Studies Center and UNC Global.
Film screening and discussion of the documentary film Chasing Ice held on Tuesday April 2nd, 2013, in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center.
This film chronicles National Geographic photographer James Balog’s time in the Arctic during the spring of 2005 where he was tasked with capturing images that would tell the story of Earth’s changing climate. Chasing Ice was the winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Excellence in Cinematography Award (U.S. Documentary) and the Full Frame 2012 Environmental Award. The discussion following the film featured Jeff Orlowski, the director and producer of the film, and Professor José Rial of UNC’s Department of Geological Sciences. For more information: http://go.unc.edu/chasingice.
2013 UNC-Duke China Leadership Summit held on April 5th – 7th, 2013 and sponsored by the Carolina China Network. This year’s conference focused on Sustainability, ranging from political and economic to environmental and social topics, as a number of knowledgeable professionals collaborated with undergraduate and graduate students from across the American Southeast and China to brainstorm innovative ideas for tackling future U.S.-China issues. For more information: http://dukeunccls.org/.
Carolina Science Cafe Series event featuring Lee Weisert, Assistant Professor and composer in the UNC Department of music, titled “Fluid Music: Exploring Cryoacoustic Orbs and Hydrophonic Sound Installations held on Thursday April 4th, 2013, in the Back Bar area of Top of the Hill Restaurant. This talk focused on how technology is enabling musicologists to explore environmental soundscapes.
The UNC Art Department presented a lecture by Buster Simpson titled “Fare Thee Well (again and Again) Water Repurposed: The Poetic Utility of Art and Water” on Tuesday April 9th in the Hanes Art Center Auditorium. This event was held with support from the “Water In Our World” campus theme. For more information: http://art.unc.edu/News_Events/Events/CCM3_039721.
UNC Visitor’s Center Priceless Gems tour titled “Meeting of the Waters” which allowed participants to learn about water on campus in collaboration with the pan-campus theme of “Water in Our World”. Featured speakers included Missy Julian Fox, director of UNC Visitors’ Center; Cindy Shea, director of UNC Sustainability; and Brian White, associate professor of marine sciences. For more information: https://www.unc.edu/visitors/priceless-gem-tours/.
2013 UNC Science Expo was held on Saturday April 13th from 10 AM – 3 PM as part of the annual NC Science Festival. This event attracts thousands of visitors, primarily school-aged children and their families, to UNC each year to learn about science in a fun and interactive setting. This year’s Expo featured water-related activities in keeping with the two-year “Water In Our World” theme, in addition to a special water area situated around the Old Well on the day of the festival. For more information: http://www.ncsciencefestival.org/.
Earth Week Water Panel titled “Local Water: Sustainable Policies at Home and Abroad” held on Wednesday, April 17 in Frank Porter Graham Student Union Room 3105. The focus for this panel discussion was sustainable water policies here in Chapel Hill and around the world and featured speakers such as Linda Rimer of the US EPA, Greg Characklis (UNC School of Public Health, Dept of Environmental Sciences and Engineering), Ed Kerwin (Executive Director, Orange Water and Sewage Authority), and Ed Bruce (Duke Energy).
Lecture by Mark Hay, professor and Harry & Linda Teasley Chair in Environmental Biology at Georgia Tech, titled “Can coral reefs be saved? Chemical ecology as a Rosetta Stone for effective conservation” held on April 24th, 2013, in the FedEx Global Education Center as part of the “Water In Our World” Speaker Series. In this lecture, Professor Hay used reefs in Fiji as examples of how local intervention can have large positive effects and how an understanding of the chemical signals and mechanisms involved in structuring biotic interactions on coral reefs can provide additional options for more effective stewardship of coastal marine resources.
Carolina Science Cafe Series event featuring Heather Patisaul, Assistant Professor of Biology in NCSU’s W.M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology, titled “What’s In My Water” held on Thursday May 2nd, 2013, in the Back Bar area of Top of the Hill Restaurant. The focus of this lecture was environmental toxins in our drinking water.
Screening of the film The Last Boat Out on Thursday June 13th in 205 Undergraduate Library as part of the Summer 2013 Diversity Film Series on Water hosted by the University Library Diversity Committee.This documentary film by Laura Seltzer follows a family of watermen who struggle to preserve their way of life working the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. It also examines the health of a Bay that is battered by development and pollution yet struggling to stay alive.
Screening of the film SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories on Thursday July 11th in Wilson Library Pleasants Family Assembly Room as part of the Summer 2013 Diversity Film Series on Water hosted by the University Library Diversity Committee.
Everywhere you look in Southern Louisiana there’s water – rivers, bayous, swamps, the Mississippi River, the Gulf of Mexico. And everyone in Cajun Country has a water story, or two or three or more. Its waterways support the biggest economies in Louisiana – a $63 billion a year oil and gas industry, a $200 million a year fishing business, tourism and recreational sports.
They are also home to some insidious polluters: The same oil and gas industry, 200 petrochemical plants along a 100-mile-long stretch of the Mississippi known “Cancer Alley,” the world’s largest Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico and erosion that is costing the coastline twenty five square miles of wetlands a year. At the same time SoLa is home to one of America’s most vital and unique cultures; if everyone who lives there has a water story they can also most likely play the fiddle, waltz, cook an etouffe and hunt and fish.
Screening of the film Village of Dust, City of Water on Thursday August 15th in 527 Health Sciences Library as part of the Summer 2013 Diversity Film Series on Water hosted by the University Library Diversity Committee. This film exploressocial exploitation over access to water in India, where rural water supplies are redistributed to serve booming cities, and other communities are displaced to create dams. Poetry, accompanied by music, complements the interviews and documentations taken from many sides of each critical water issue.