Events: Mellon Seminar | Water, Environment and Urbanization: China and India in the Age of Globalization


Mellon Seminars



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Spring 2014 Public Lecture: March 7, 2014 with Kevin Taylor

Program Officer with World Wildlife Fund


Pandas, Tigers, and Cities:
World Wildlife Fund in China and India


12:00 - 1:30pm Room 240 John Hope Franklin Center

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Fall 2013 Public Lecture: October 29, 2013 with Jennifer Turner

Director, China Environment Forum
at the Woodrow Wilson Center

4:00 - 6:00pm Room 217 Perkins Library

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Mellon Seminar:

Water, Environment, and Urbanization: China and India in the
Age of Globalization

Convener: Sucheta Mazumdar Duke History Department

Co-Convener: Erika Weinthal Nicholas School of the Environment

Program Support: Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, Duke University

We invite you to join the Duke interdisciplinary faculty and graduate student "Working-Group on Water: Environment and Urbanization in Asia" to study the profound transformation of the entire Asian ecosystem emerging from new urbanization. By 2015, 16 of the world's 23 megacities (cities with more than 10 million people) will be located in Asia; by 2030, more than 55% of the population of Asia will be urban. The demands of agriculture and food security in China and India, the environmental impact of multi-directional trans-boundary megaprojects of dams for hydroelectricity, and the restructuring of the flows of national and international rivers for agriculture and industrial growth are integral dimensions of this transformation. How can countries balance demands for more energy, more water, more food, and more urban density? What are the logistics of building sustainable cities?

Working Group: To study these issues, there will be a planning meeting at the beginning of the Fall semester and at the end of the year in the Spring semester, four scheduled public lectures by invited speakers during academic year 2013-2014, and working dinners with the speakers that will follow the public lectures. Invited speakers will be available to faculty in the Working Group for individual meetings, and consultations with graduate students.

Objectives: (i) establish an on-going cross-disciplinary "Working Group on Water: Environment and Urbanization in Asia" with faculty and graduate students; (ii) develop curricula on "Water: Environment and Urbanization in Asia," by linking Asian Studies faculty with Nicolas School faculty to foster campus wide student engagement and learning on the water-energy-food nexus in Asia. Members of the "Working Group" will have priority to apply for course development grants on "Water:Environment and Urbanization in Asia" [with a preference for courses on China and India].

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