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April 1, 2009

Multidisciplinary Workshop on Managing Water Conflicts April 22-24

Faculty from the College’s four academic divisions will participate. The president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will deliver a keynote talk

A talk by William C. Baker, president and CEO of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will be the keynote of a multidisciplinary Lafayette workshop entitled “Poseidon’s Children: Managing Water Conflicts in the 21st Century” April 22-24.

Lafayette faculty representing all four of the College’s academic divisions will participate in the workshop, which will include briefings on water-related student field projects. The program is sponsored by the College’s Environmental Studies Initiative and Policy Studies Program and supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For information, call Policy Studies at (610) 330-5921.

Baker will speak on “Saving the Chesapeake Bay: The Greatest Fight for Clean Water This Nation Has Ever Seen” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Kirby Hall of Civil Rights room 104.

Three workshop sessions will be held Friday, April 24, in the Marlo Room of Farinon College Center beginning at 9 a.m. David Feldman, professor and chair of planning, policy, and design at the University of California, Irvine, will speak on “Engaging Neighbors and Avoiding Conflict: Science, Policy, and Embracing Climate Change.” Col. Shannon Beebe, senior Africa analyst on the U.S. Army General Staff, will speak on “Resource Conflicts and Global Security Strategy: Solutions Not Yet Sought.” Stacy Levy, a sculptor based in Spring Mills, Pa., will speak on “Water Detective: Stalking the Hidden Watershed.”

In addition to Mark Crain, William E. Simon Professor of Political Economy and chair of Policy Studies, and Dru Germanoski, Van Artsdalen Professor of Geology and Environmental Geosciences and head of the department, who is leading the Environmental Studies Initiative, Lafayette faculty and others who will contribute their expertise during the three days include David Brandes, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; Alan R. Griffith ’64, retired vice chairman of The Bank of New York and chair of the Lafayette Board of Trustees; Wendy Hill, provost and dean of the faculty; D.C. Jackson, professor of history; Caroline Lee, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology; Michiko Okaya, director of art galleries; Diane Windham Shaw, special collections librarian and College archivist; and Daniel H. Weiss, president of the College.

James Prosek, an artist, writer, and activist will speak on “Fly-Fishing the 41st Parallel” at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, in the Gendebien Room, Skillman Library. An exhibition entitled “Ye gods and little fishes”: Highlights from the Angling Collections of Skillman Library, is on view 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through August 14 in Skillman’s Simon Room.

The workshop also will include viewings of Flow, an award-winning documentary on the world water crisis by Irena Salina, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in Hugel Science Center, Room 103, and at noon Thursday, April 23, in the Limburg Theater, Farinon College Center.

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