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Sustainability series

Newkirk Center event at UCI will bring 70 emerging leaders from 20 countries to focus on global water issues.

July 15, 2011

This event is the latest in the “Toward a Sustainable 21st Century” series. Established in 2001 with an endowment from Martha and James Newkirk, the Newkirk Center for Science & Society aims to improve scientific response to community needs and increase the use of science to benefit society.

Education Building, Room 1111 (bldg. 3, grid G11 on campus map)

09:00 a.m.

Monday, July 18
Education Building, Room 1111 (bldg. 3, grid G11 on campus map)

9-10:30 a.m.: Scott Bollens, UCI professor of planning, policy & design, discusses the world’s most bitterly divided cities, including Belfast, Beirut and Jerusalem.

2-3:30 p.m.: Mike Davis, MacArthur Fellow and author of City of Quartz, discusses the plight of the 1 billion people who inhabit “the planet of slums.”

4-5 p.m.: Allison Cook, director of special projects for the Story of Stuff Project, discusses capitalism and the effects of globalization on sustainability.

Also, in Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1517 (bldg. 214, grid F10 on campus map)

7-8 p.m.: Sustainability Fellow Tamir ElGindi of Egypt and Ariel Ahram of the University of Oklahoma present a case study of sustainability in Egypt.

Tuesday, July 19
Education Building, Room 1111 (bldg. 3, grid G11 on campus map)

9-10:30 a.m.: Speakers from Russia and Canada discuss sustainability in the context of strife from ethnic separatism, ethnic nationalism and religious extremism in Eurasia.

2-3:30 p.m.: Indian ecologist Debal Deb and Sustainability Fellows from India present a case study of sustainability in West Bengal.

Wednesday, July 20
Education Building, Room 1111 (bldg. 3, grid G11 on campus map)

9 a.m.-noon: Michael Byers of the University of British Columbia discusses “The Role of Law & Governance in the Arctic”; Donald Gautier of the U.S. Geological Survey discusses “Petroleum Resource Potential in the Arctic Region”; and Aileen Espiritu, director of Norway’s Barents Institute, discusses “The Impact of Industrial Oil & Gas Development on Arctic Indigenous Peoples.”

2-3:30 p.m.: Bernardo Aguilar-Gonzalez discusses sustainability in Costa Rica.

Also, in Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1517 (bldg. 214, grid F10 on campus map)

7-8 p.m.: Daniel Orenstein and Gonen Sagy, Sustainability Fellows from Israel, present a case study of sustainability in Israel.

Thursday, July 21
Education Building, Room 1111 (bldg. 3, grid G11 on campus map)

9-10:30 a.m.: Jerome Nriagu of the University of Michigan discusses “Environmental Justice & Disproportionate Exposure of Communities to Environmental Pollutants.”

2-3:45 p.m.: Sergio Knaebel, grants director for the Sandler Foundation, and Serge Dedina, executive director of WildCoast, discuss “Preserving the Mexican Coast.”

Friday, July 22
Education Building, Room 1111 (bldg. 3, grid G11 on campus map)

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Jack Miles, UCI professor and Pulitzer Prize winner for God: A Biography, discusses “Can Religion Help Preserve the Environment?”

3-5 p.m.: Case studies of preserving the Orange County coast will be presented.

For a complete agenda, visit www.newkirkcenter.uci.edu.