January 2014

For Water’s Sake, a water-themed classical and jazz music concert featuring piano, strings, winds, and voice pieces by local artists, that will explore the connection between water and the arts, scheduled for 2:00-3:30 PM in Hill Hall Auditorium. Funds raised will benefit A Drink For Tomorrow’s water project in Rurrenabaque, Bolivia. In collaboration with the Rio Beni Health Project- a local, Bolivian-run non-profit- A Drink For Tomorrow aims to distribute 500 bio-sand water filters a year, each one supplying clean water to a family for a lifetime. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $5 for students. For more information: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/for-waters-sake-a-drink-for-tomorrow-benefit-concert-tickets-9950370827.


UNC Wine to Water is hosting a fundraiser at The Library on Franklin Street on Wednesday January 29 at 9 p.m.  One dollar from every drink purchased and a $3 cover will go towards Wine to Water. Any donations are tax-deductible and appreciated.

Wine to Water is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Boone, NC, founded by CNN Hero Doc Hendley that uses proceeds from bar events, wine tastings, etc. to send and repair wells and filters in places like Uganda and Guatemala.  For more information: http://winetowater.org.


February 2014

Lecture by Lester Brown, founder and President of the Earth Policy Institute, titled “Peak Water: What Happens To Our Food Supply When the Wells Go Dry?” scheduled for Tuesday February 4, 2014, at 5:30 PM in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center. Mr. Brown will discuss the effect of limits on the supply of water, including the longer term effects of over-pumping and aquifer depletion in leading grain producers, focusing on, importantly, the “big three”—China, India, and the United States. For more information: http://gri.unc.edu/events/1124/.


UNC Marine Sciences Department Seminar Series lecture by John Paul Balmonte scheduled for Wednesday February 5 at 3 PM in Murray Hall G201. Balmonte, a doctoral student, will be presenting his research on North Carolina’s Tar River. For more information: http://marine.unc.edu/files/2014/01/2-5-14_Balmonte.jpg.


The UNC Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams’ final meet of the year on February 8 versus College of Charleston will also double as a Water Awareness event that coincides with the University’s pan-campus academic theme “Water In Our World”. The event will begin at 11 AM in the Koury Natatorium and feature presentation of statistics and information on the global water crisis, water-themed art created by students at New Hope Elementary School, specially-designed t-shirts, and a relay race featuring athletes from other UNC teams. For more information: http://www.goheels.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=3350&ATCLID=209397674.


Lecture by Randall Kenan, author of Let The Dead Bury Their Dead, on February 11 at 6:00 PM as part of the North Carolina Literary People: Conversations with River Writers Series presented by The William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. Kenan will present a session from his book which is a series of short stories set in Tim’s Creek.  For more information: http://fridaycenter.unc.edu/pdep/riverwriters/.


Curriculum for the Environment & Ecology Seminar lecture by Xavier Basurto, Assistant Professor of Sustainability Science at Duke University, scheduled for Thursday February 13 at 4 PM in Wilson Hall 128. The focus of Dr. Basurto’s talk will be The emergence of cooperation for marine conservation and local governance among small-scale fishers: global implications for biodiversity conservation.  For more information: http://cee.unc.edu/sem/s14/Poster%202-13-14%20Basurto.pdf.


Ice Music, Brooks de Wetter-Smith’s newest multimedia creation, will have its world premiere Thursday, February 13 at 8pm in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center on the UNC campus. It features his videography and photography, a newly-commissioned composition by award-winning Lowell Liebermann for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and percussion; and choreography by Carey McKinley. The centrality of ice is viewed from outside and from within, from the grandiose glaciers of Europe and the Antarctic to intimate views and interior sounds of melting ice crystals. It spans from human attempts to dominate it, to creatures relying on it for survival.

This work was commissioned by the University of North Carolina, as part of its Process Series, which explores the nature of creativity through direct interaction with those present for the performance. There will be opportunity for all to exchange thoughts about the performance with Brooks, Lowell Liebermann, Carey McKinley, and others directly involved in the creation of this work. In addition to the February 13 premiere, there will be a workshop presentation on Friday afternoon at 4pm in the same auditorium, followed by a discussion of the collaborative process.

For more information: http://processseries.unc.edu/events/ice-music/.


UNC Marine Sciences Department Seminar Series lecture by Ian Kroll scheduled for Wednesday February 19 at 3 PM in Murray Hall G201. Kroll, a doctoral student, will be presenting his research on oyster spawning sanctuaries. For more information: http://marine.unc.edu/files/2014/01/2-12-14_Kroll1.jpg.


UNC Geological Sciences Colloquium Series lecture by David Leigh, associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia, scheduled for Thursday February 20 at 3:30 PM in Murray Hall Room 005. The topic of Dr. Leigh’s talk is Late Quaternary Changes in River Channel Morphology in the Southeastern United States.


A Drink For Tomorrow’s Third Annual Banquet will take place on Friday February 21 at 7 PM in the Kenan Center located at 300 Kenan Center Drive in Chapel Hill. Proceeds from this event will benefit a summer water project in Rurrenabaque, Bolivia, in collaboration with the Rio Beni Health Project, a local, Bolivian-run non-profit organization. Through partnership with this group, ADFT aims to distribute 500 bio-sand water filters a year, each one supplying clean water to a family for a lifetime.


Cities, Rivers, and Cultures of Change: Rethinking and Restoring the Environments of the Global American South, a conference presented by the UNC Center for Global Initiatives, the Center for the Study of the American South, and the Institute for the Environment at UNC scheduled for February 21-22, 2014.

Profound shifts in the way we think, use and protect water, rapid immigration and demographic change, and immense urbanization have made the American South a bellwether of environmental change for both America and the world at large. This free, two-day conference is part of the ongoing exploration of the globalization of the southern United States that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been pursuing for over a decade and aims to bring together graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, and a broader public audience to share current research that explores Southern culture, history, and ethics, efforts to restore natural and built environments, and the implications and connections between changes to the American South and the inter-connected global environment in which we live.

Margaret Palmer (University of Maryland) will deliver the Chandler Lecture in Southern Business History as the conference keynote.

Proposals for papers, panels, and presentations from the full range of disciplines that engage with water, immigration and demography, environmental restoration, and the Global American South are welcomed and should be submitted as a single PDF attachment to globalsouth@unc.edu. The submission deadline is November 15, 2013, and decisions about proposals will be communicated by mid-December.

For more information:  http://globalsouth.unc.edu.


Carolina Performing Arts presentation of Compagnie Käfig on Feb 25-26 at 7:30 PM in Memorial Hall. The company’s thrilling combination of hip-hop, capoeira, samba, electronic music and bossa nova culminates in a dance performance with astonishing acrobatic skills filled with energy and invention. Correria plunges us into a frantic, hectic race just like the one that governs our daily lives. Agwa is all about water—the most vital component of the human body, a precious natural resource to be preserved, and a symbol of renewal. For more information: https://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/ros_perf_series/compagnie-kafig/.


Performance of “King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running” by The Coastal Cohorts featuring Bland Simpson, Jim Wann, and Don Dixon on February 27-28 at Historic PlayMakers Theater. For more information on this group: http://www.nccoast.org/Content.aspx?Key=b8a204c9-c181-4e26-9a83-3f20cbfbdc9c&title=Coastal+Cohorts


March 2014

Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference on March 5-8 at The William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. The conference will bring together scientists and practitioners working in government, civil society, business, and other stakeholders to address water’s relationships with climate, food and energy, and the impacts of those relationships on security, sustainability and development. For more information: http://nexusconference.web.unc.edu/.


Lecture by Dr. Julia Parrish, Associate Dean for the College of the Environment at the University of Washington, scheduled for 4:00 PM in Wilson Hall Room 128. The title of Dr. Parrish’s talk will be Rigor, Reliability, and Scientific Relevance: Citizen Science Lessons from COASST. For more information: http://cee.unc.edu/sem/s14/Poster%203-6-14%20Parrish.pdf.


Lecture by Philip Gerard, author of Down The Wild Cape Fear, on March 11 at 6:00 PM as part of the North Carolina Literary People: Conversations with River Writers Series presented by The William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. Gerard will discuss his new UNC Press book, Down the Wild Cape Fear. For more information: http://fridaycenter.unc.edu/pdep/riverwriters/.


The 2014 International Association for the Study of Popular Music, US Branch (IAPSM-US) Annual Conference titled “Water Flows” will be held on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill from March 16-18. The theme for the Conference takes its inspiration from the inaugural pan-campus academic theme “Water In Our World” that began in Fall 2012.

Water in its many forms is a ubiquitous subject of pop songs. Whether as metaphor or literal reference, water imagery as a theme in popular music has been used to celebrate identity, express emotions, address environmental issues, convey pleasure, pay homage to spiritual beings, and shape communities of resistance. The 2014 IAPSM-US Conference will take up notions of fluidity and flow to address not only what many deem our most important natural resource, but to consider the ways in which water’s qualities may yield productive insights into the present and future of popular music. For more information: http://iaspm-us.net/conferences/.


UNICEF at Carolina is partnering with Top of the Hill on St. Patrick’s Day for a Charity Beer Night on Monday March 17. Come to Back Bar any time between 11am to 2am to purchase and enjoy the designated charity beer where proceeds will go towards the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s TAP Project. $1 provides clean water for a child for 40 days, so come raise your glass to fill hundreds more! For more information:  https://www.facebook.com/events/212859912258081/?fref=ts.


UNC Geological Sciences Colloquium Series lecture by Bob Bodnar, University Distinguished Professor and C. C. Garvin Professor of Geochemistry at Virginia Tech, scheduled for Thursday March 20 at 3:30 PM in Murray Hall Room 005. The topic of Dr. Bodnar’s talk is The Whole Earth Geohydrologic Cycle: Coupling of the Earth’s Near Surface Water Cycle With Plate Tectonic Processes.


UNC Geological Sciences Colloquium Series lecture by Greg Hempen, geophysicist at URS Corporation of St. Louis, Missouri, scheduled for Thursday March 27 at 3:30 PM in Murray Hall Room 005. The topic of Dr. Hempen’s talk is You’re Going to Drink THAT Water?!


Water in Our World“, a new exhibit at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, opens on Friday, March 28 with a reception scheduled for 2:30-4 PM. Morehead Director Todd Boyette will speak at 3:30 PM. The reception is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. The exhibit, located in Morehead’s Lower Exhibit Gallery, will be open throughout the North Carolina Science Festival (March 28-April 13) and continuing through the summer.


UNICEF at Carolina will be hosting a Water Walk on Saturday, March 29 from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. This walk/run is intended to simulate the distance most women and children must walk to retrieve water in some developing countries. Beginning and concluding at the UNC’s Old Well, our historic water source, the walk will be a 3K distance throughout the Upper Quad and Arboretum. Refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the event. A $15 registration fee includes a T-Shirt and goody bag. To sign up, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1456411231255997/?ref=22

That same evening, The Library on Franklin Street will feature a “dirty water cocktail” intended to raise awareness about the necessity of safe, clean drinking water to prevent waterborne illness. Proceeds from the purchase of this drink will benefit UNICEF’s Tap Project–every dollar raised will provide a child safe, clean drinking water for 40 days. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/UNICEFatCarolina.


April 2014

UNC Marine Sciences Department Seminar Series lecture by John Delaney, Professor of Oceanography at the University of Washington, scheduled Wednesday April 2 at 3 PM in Murray Hall G201. The topic of Dr. Delaney’s talk will be “Understanding the Planetary Life Support System: Next-Generation Science in the Ocean Basins”. For more information: http://marine.unc.edu/files/2014/01/4-2-14_Delaney1.jpg.


The UNC Department of African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies will be hosting its 2nd Annual Global Africana Conference on April 3-5. The focus of this year’s event will be Water, Health, and Environment: Experiences from African, African-American, and Diaspora Geographies.

The challenges facing African, African American, and Diaspora communities around the globe are multi-layered and are the focus of intense debates in scholarly, public policy and civil society circles, particularly as it concerns water, health and environmental issues. A range of initiatives from new public policies and innovative civil society groups are rising to meet serious challenges pertaining to these sectors given their significant implications for economic production, social reproduction and the environment.   The interpretive frames we use to grapple with concrete challenges underpinning these sectors and the manner in which they are being addressed in policy spaces is part of what is at stake in our proposed conversation.

For more details, contact Travis Gore at stgore@email.unc.edu.


Lecture by David Igler, Professor of History at the University of California at Irvine, titled “Contesting the Notion of ‘Empire’ in the Pacific: Individuals and Oceanic Space Prior to 1850″ scheduled for Friday April 4 at 4:30 PM in Room 1005 of the FedEx Global Education Center. Dr. Igler will address the limits of “empire” as an explanatory tool in the context of early Pacific history, especially in the context of American individuals who pursued their private agendas throughout this vast oceanic space. This lecture is jointly sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center, the Department of History, and the Global Research Institute.


UNC Marine Sciences Department Seminar Series lecture by Johanna Rosman, Research Assistant Professor at the UNC Institute for Marine Sciences, scheduled for Wednesday April 9 at 3:00 PM in Murray Hall G201. The topic of Dr. Rosman’s talk will be “Measuring and Understanding the Turbulent Mixing in Estuarine and Coastal Systems”. For more information: https://marine.unc.edu/files/2014/03/4-9-14_Rosman.jpg.


UNC Marine Sciences Department Seminar Series lecture by Ruth Blake, Yale University Professor in the Department of Geology & Geophysics, scheduled for Thursday April 10 at 4:00 PM in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium located in the UNC School of Social Work. The topic of Dr. Blake’s talk will be “Evolution of Dissolved Phosphate Signatures: The Fe-Bound P Reservoir”. For more information: http://marine.unc.edu/files/2014/03/4-10-14_Blake.jpg.


The Gillings School of Global Public Health hosts its 46th annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture on April 10 at The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education on the UNC campus. Gregory Allgood, PhD, vice president of World Vision Water and founder of Procter & Gamble’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, will present the lecture, “Saving Lives with Clean Water,” at 6 PM followed by a reception at 7 PM. Please register to attend the Foard Lecture and other related events by Monday, March 31 at http://sph.unc.edu/alumni-pages/foard/ or by calling (919) 966-0198.


UNC Music Department Scholarship Benefit Concert performance by the Carolina Choir and UNC Chamber Singers titled Water Colors on April 12 at 8:00 PM in Hill Hall. $15 general admission pre-sale tickets ($10 seniors, $5 students with ID) are available from the Memorial Hall Box Office (919-843-3333) or at the door on the night of the event.


UNC Marine Sciences Department Seminar Series lecture by Alecia Septer, Life Sciences Research Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology at Harvard University, scheduled for Monday April 14 at 12:00 PM in Murray Hall G201. The topic of Dr. Septer’s talk will be “Cooperation vs. Competition: Bacterial social interactions govern population structure and function”. For more information: http://marine.unc.edu/files/2014/04/4-19-14_Septer1.jpg.


UNC Earth Week scheduled for April 14-18.


The Water Institute at UNC has partnered with the Aveda Institute at Chapel Hill to be the beneficiary for their annual Earth Month campaign, culminating with the Annual Earth Jam Fashion Benefit on April 15 at 7:00 PM. The event will be held at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. For tickets, or more information, visit: http://www.avedainstitutechapelhill.com/earth-jam-fashion-benefit/.


UNC Earth Week keynote address titled “This Blue Planet: Preserving and Sustaining a Healthy Earth” by Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and founder of Blue Legacy, scheduled for Wednesday April 16 at 6:00 PM in the Stone Center Auditorium. A National Geographic “Emerging Explorer,” filmmaker and globally recognized advocate on water issues, Alexandra Cousteau continues the work of her renowned grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and her father Philippe Cousteau, Sr. She has mastered the remarkable storytelling tradition handed down to her and has the unique ability to inspire audiences on the weighty issues of policy, politics and action.

Alexandra is dedicated to advocating the importance of conservation and sustainable management of water in order to preserve a healthy planet. Her global initiatives seek to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources.

This event is free and open to the public and is presented by Carolina’s “Water In Our World” pan-campus water theme in partnership with the UNC Institute for the Environment, Sustainability Office, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Center for Galapagos Studies. For more information, contact Katie Hall at mchall@email.unc.edu.


UNC Marine Sciences Department Seminar Series lecture by Christopher Scholin of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Institute scheduled for Wednesday April 23 at 3:00 PM in Murray Hall G201. For more information on Dr. Scholin: http://www.mbari.org/staff/scholin/.


UNC Marine Sciences Department Seminar Series lecture by Nathan Hall scheduled for Wednesday April 30 at 3:00 PM in Murray Hall G201. Hall, an IMS Research Associate, will be presenting on “Range expansion of brown tide blooms: A threat to North Carolina’s coastal waters?” For more information: http://marine.unc.edu/files/2014/01/4-30-14_Hall.jpg.


May 2014

The 2nd Annual Color the Hill 4K and Fun Run will be taking place on Saturday May 3 at 10:00 AM at the UNC Cross Country Course at Finley Fields. All ages, skills, sizes and shapes are welcome to run, walk, skip or dance their way to the finish line while moving through a rainbow of colorful fun. White attire is encouraged for all runners.

The adult registration fee includes a free t-shirt, color packet, sunglasses and more and the proceeds from the run will benefit three local non-profits: the Academy of Information Technology of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, UNC’s A Drink For Tomorrow, and SKJAJA Fund.

For more information and to register:  http://www.colorthehill.com/.


The Environmental Finance Center at the UNC School of Government will host a public forum from 1:30 – 4:30 PM on May 5 on “The Future of Environmental Finance” to share promising strategies for financing current and future environmental challenges.  This event will feature engaging talks from prominent environmental finance experts and innovators from a variety of perspectives that cut across sectors and issues (federal, state, and local governments, academics, foundations, international organizations, and private investment firms). The aim of this event will be to foster discussion and identify emerging trends, strategies, and ideas that will help answer the basic “how will we pay” questions at the heart of successful environmental protection. For more information: http://www.efc.sog.unc.edu/event/future-environmental-finance-public-forum.


2014 Water Microbiology Conference: Microbial Contaminants from Watersheds to Human Exposure on May 5-7 at The William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. This conference creates a forum for researchers and practitioners focused on microbiology and public health issues to come together around the intersection of the two, particularly as it relates to current concerns in recreational waters, shellfish harvesting waters, emerging technologies and quantitative tools. For more information: http://watermicroconference.web.unc.edu/.


The UNC General Alumni Association will host a free public forum titled “Consider This…Fracking, the Environment, and our Energy Future” on Thursday May 15 from 6:00-8:00 PM in The Carolina Club of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. Questions about how North Carolina can take advantage of its natural gas resources in an environmentally responsible manner, as well as cover the cost of natural resource preservation while providing essential environmental services such as electricity, wastewater, and drinking water, among others, will be addressed during this discussion.

A panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Jamie Bartram, Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and Director of The Water Institute at UNC, and include Kathleen Gray, Director of the  Institute of the Environment at UNC’s Environmental Resource Program and Richard B. Whisnant, the Gladys Hall Coates Professor of Public Law and Policy at UNC’s School of Government. For more information:http://alumni.unc.edu/article.aspx?sid=10043.

The Institute for the Environment at UNC will be hosting a brown bag lunch event on fracking research scheduled for 12 noon on Thursday May 29 in the Institute for the Environment Offices at Suite 49o of the Europa Center in Chapel Hill. Kathleen Gray, IE’s associate director for outreach and public service, will discuss her national role in efforts to understand community perspectives related to the issues of fracking and public health. Zac Adelman, an IE research associate, will discuss the project he is leading in conjunction with the National Park Service and other federal agencies related to air quality impacts of hydraulic fracturing in the western U.S. For more information, contact Katie Hall at mchall@email.unc.edu.