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An art installation by Liz Collins.Available until Friday, November 8, 2013.
Mullin Art Gallery.
US-Australian Dialogue on Water
Monday January 13, 2014
10am-5pm (registration starts at 9:30am)
Grand Horizon Room, Covel Commons, UCLA
This event will bring together Australian and US experts to challenge existing thinking on water issues and to explore twenty-first century solutions.To register, click here.
Wednesday August 28, 2013
Charles Fishman (@cfishman) is the author of The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water, the bestselling book on water in America in the past 25 years. An award-winning senior writer for Fast Company, Fishman is a celebrated investigative journalist, specializing in business innovation and social responsibility.
Charles Fishman's latest book, The Big Thirst, examines how water resources will come to define this century; a year into its release, the book is a popular common read on college campuses and a must-read in boardrooms. In The Big Thirst, Fishman helps redefine how we look at water, our most essential but, in many ways, misunderstood resource. Fishman highlights water's vital role in the business sector (especially to businesses who seemingly have nothing to do with water!) and points to the many contradictions of water in the developing world, leaving audiences with a hopeful vision of how current wasteful ways can be curbed through ingenuity and conscientious stewardship. Extending his coverage, Fishman now also blogs about water for National Geographic.
Friday, September 13, 2013
William Deverell is Professor of History at the University of Southern California and Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West. Professor Deverell's research concentrates on the history of the 19th and 20th century American West, and he has written extensively on the history of Los Angeles. His publications include Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of its Mexican Past, which examines the historical relationship between the growth of Los Angeles and Southern California's complex history of racial and ethnic conflict and accommodation, and Land of Sunshine: The Environmental History of Metropolitan Los Angeles, a collection of essays which he co-edited with Greg Hise.
"What You Should and Shouldn't Be Afraid Of", KPFK Deadline L.A.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Special time 6:30 p.m.
Los Angeles 90.7 FM, with Barbara Osborn and Howard Blume
Water is often taken for granted, and why not, when it is a resource so readily available? This assumption, however, can pontentially contribute to a major crisis should this critical resource suddenly "run dry". Thaddeus Russell, Cultural Historian for Occidental College moderates a discussion exploring this important issue. Paneleists include: Robert Lempert; senior scientist, RAND Corporation; James S. Famiglietti, director for UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling; and Gretchen North, biologist at Occidental College. Click here for the KPFK site synopsis and audio link.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Lewis MacAdams is a poet, journalist, filmmaker, political activist, and the co-founder of the Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR), a non-proft organization that MacAdams has described as a “40 Year Art Work” to bring the river back to life through revitalization and education. FoLAR leads the annual river clean up and has been a vital player in efforts to reclaim the river and develop more open, green space. In addition to his environment work, MacAdams has published more than a dozen books, including several collections of poetry and a cultural history entitled Birth of Cool: Beat, Bebop, and the American Avant-Garde.
How Will We Survive the Water Wars?
Sunday, October 13, 2013
1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA
We think of water as a source of life, peace, even holiness. But water also has power, including the power to end lives—and threaten whole civilizations. Today, converging forces—a rapidly growing population, climate change, and global economic development—are transforming our relationship with this resource. In the 20th century, residents of places with few native sources of water, such as Southern California, took water for granted—but they can’t afford to do so any longer. How can we survive a water crisis that’s already begun—but that we’d prefer to ignore? Zócalo Public Square and Occidental College present a half-day conference to discuss the lethal force of water, the financial risks of water, and how we can learn to live in a less wet world.
When Water Kills
RAND Corporation senior scientist Robert Lempert, UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling director James S. Famiglietti, and Occidental College biologist Gretchen North discuss how understanding water’s dangers can protect us.
How Much Should Water Cost?
Wetlands Water District chief deputy general manager Jason Peltier, Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization author Steven Solomon, environmental attorney Peter Culp, and Chance of Rain publisher and writer Emily Green ask what the price of water should be.
Learning to Live with (Less) Water
A panel including Occidental College economist Bevin Ashenmiller and Reason science correspondent Ronald Bailey discuss what can be done to help ease our transition into a less-watered world. Moderated by Bettina Boxall, Water and Environmental Reporter, Los Angeles Times.
The half-day conference is free. Registration is required. See the full descriptions of the events or register at Zócalo Public Square.
Knitting as Performance
Choi Auditorium, Johnson Hall
Knitting Nation Phase 12 H2O
Wednesday, November 6, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Steps between Johnson and Fowler halls on the Occidental campus
Monday, November 11, 2013
Sandra Postel directs the independent Global Water Policy Project, and lectures, writes and consults on global water issues. In 2010 she was appointed Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society, where she serves as lead water expert for the Society’s freshwater efforts. Sandra is co-creator of Change the Course, the national freshwater conservation and restoration campaign. A leading authority and prolific author on international water issues, she has written more than 100 articles for popular and scholarly publications and is the author of several books, including Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last? and of Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity. In addition, she is the host of National Geographic’s Water Currents blog.
How Can the California Delta Survive?
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Fort Mason Center, Building A
2 Marina Blvd.
San Francisco, CA
The California Delta is considered by many to be one of the world’s great estuaries, providing water to most Californians and supporting hundreds of plant and animal species. But for decades, it has also been the place where grand plans and compromise go to die, thanks to its many conflicting interests and overlapping jurisdictions. The latest proposal for restoring the Delta, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan—which is supposed to provide the state with a more reliable water supply while protecting and improving the delta ecosystem—faces political opposition and legal challenges that at best could delay it for years. Is the Delta doomed to decline? Or is there a way to restore habitats, fix levees, and guarantee water supply all at once? Delta Conservancy Executive Officer Campbell Ingram, Public Policy Institute of California Co-Director of Research Ellen Hanak, and Delta farmer Russell van Loben Sels visit Zócalo to discuss whether the Delta can survive and even thrive.
The event is free. Registration is required. For more information, or to register, vist Zócalo Public Square.
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