Water, Water Everywhere… or Maybe Not

Three Fridays, April 8, 15, and 22, Noon - 1:30 p.m. | Compass Bank, Second Floor, 2001 Kirby at San Felipe

World supplies of fresh water—one of our most vital resources—may be inadequate for future needs. Nations, states, communities, and businesses already compete for available water. Disputes are often contentious. A vice-president of the World Bank worries that a major war could be fought because of water.

Rising populations, massive urbanization, environmental damage, intensive irrigation, and growing industrial uses are some of the culprits. Will we have enough water in future decades to supply individual needs, grow our food, and run our industries? Our speakers will explore the key questions: Who has water? Who wants it? Will enough be available? What can be done?

April 8 — Water Scarcity in the American West: A Future of Cooperation?
Dr. Andrew Price-Smith is assistant professor of environmental science and policy at the University of South Florida and author of The Health of Nations: Infectious Disease, Environmental Change, and Their Effects on National Security and Development. He has been a consultant and advisor to the World Development Group of the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program, among others.

April 15 — Water in the U.S.–Mexico Border Region: A Look at Hotspots
Dr. Robert Varady is deputy director of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona and director of the Center’s environmental programs, where the Ford Foundation has sponsored much work. At the University of Arizona, he is associate research professor of arid lands studies and adjunct associate professor of hydrology and water resources. He also conducts research on environmental conflict resolution and public policy relating to environment and natural resources.

April 22 — Water Around the Globe: Israel-Palestine and Other Water Disputes
Dr. David J. Eaton is Bess Harris Jones Centennial Professor in Natural Resource Policy Studies at The University of Texas. He has more than 25 years’ experience in environmental engineering, policymaking, and conflict resolution. His specialties include international water resource conflicts, environmental problems of industries, and sustainable development in international river basins. He has supported efforts to mediate water policy between some of the world’s most contentious neighbors.



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Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


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Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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