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2019

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Lecture by Charles Fishman
Author of One Giant Leap, A Curious Mind (with Brian Grazer), The Wal-Mart Effect, and The Big Thirst
 

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater  2:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Water never really disappears—it just gets recycled and reused. However, water shortages can occur when and where water is used at a rate faster than it can be naturally cleaned. Manmade processes exist to clean water, but according to Fishman, cleaning it too much can make it dangerous to consume. That’s why, according to the author, “the era of easy water is over.”
 

In the last four years, Charles Fishman has become one of the most forceful, challenging, and inspiring public voices on water issues, speaking everywhere from MIT and UCLA to the Hershey Company and the U.S. State Department.

Fishman’s book The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water has become the best-selling water book in a generation, and is changing how people think about water, and how they manage it. The Big Thirst does something few water books do: it restores a sense of wonder about water, along with a sense of urgency.

Fishman is a former reporter for the Washington Post and has won numerous awards for his work, including three Gerald Loeb Awards; presented by UCLA, it is the most prestigious award in business journalism. He is the author of two other New York Times bestsellers: The Wal-Mart Effect, about Wal-Mart’s impact on how we live; and the #1 NYT bestseller A Curious Mind, about the power of curiosity, with Hollywood producer Brian Grazer.

Fishman grew up in Miami, Florida, and graduated from Harvard. After a stint in Mexico City, he now lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, also a journalist, their two children, and their two Labradors. A two-foot-wide creek runs through his backyard.
 
Sponsored by: Citizen Science Program
Betsy Hoffman  845-758-7490  bhoffman@bard.edu
Monday, January 21, 2019
MLK Jr. Day of Engagement
Various Locations on Campus and Locally  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, people across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. Created as a national call to service, it brings home the importance of working together to provide solutions for pressing social concerns.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Engagement on January 21, 2019, sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, provides the Class of 2022 with opportunities to engage in and enhance the communities surrounding Bard College. The Class of 2022 will work with various volunteer organizations in the Hudson Valley to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of promoting social justice, compassion and selfless contributions to our community.

Students will participate in engagement opportunities including working with children, animals, sustainability, health care organizations, and teaching science.

Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement; Citizen Science Program
845-758-7453  mlk@bard.edu
Thursday, January 17, 2019
The United Nations Response to the Global Water Crisis
Nicolas Franke, Sustainable Development Officer
United Nations

Olin Hall  7:30 pm – 9:15 pm
Over the past several decades, ever-growing demands for and misuse of water resources have increased the risks of pollution and severe water stress in many parts of the world. The frequency and intensity of local water crises have been increasing, with serious implications for public health, environmental sustainability, food and energy security, and economic development. Demographics continue changing and unsustainable economic practices are affecting the quantity and quality of the water at our disposal, making water an increasingly scarce and expensive resource, especially for the poor, the marginalized, and the vulnerable.

This session will present the current global situation on water, the United Nations perspective, and related work, as well as provide insights on what is needed to tackle our water-related challenges. Students will have the opportunity to discuss with a United Nations representative their queries and explore opportunities on how they can contribute in the global endeavor to overcome these challenges.

Nicolas Franke works as a sustainable development officer in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations. With more than eight years of experience in the water sector, Nicolas has supported intergovernmental, governmental, academic, private, and nonprofit institutions to face the challenges of a sustainable, equitable, and efficient use of water resources. In his current position, he contributes to the intergovernmental processes of the 2030 Agenda and in the coordination of the implementation of theories, concepts, and strategies for sustainable development on water and sanitation.

Prior to becoming involved with the United Nations, Nicolas worked as a project manager at the Water Footprint Network foundation in the Netherlands, as a water policy technical adviser at Tragsatec in Spain, and as water management consultant to Spain’s Ministry of Environment.

Nicolas studied at the Universities of Salzburg (Austria), Madrid (Spain), and Västeras (Sweden) and has a master’s in biology with specialization in water resource management.

 
Sponsored by: Citizen Science Program
Betsy Hoffman  848-758-7490  bhoffman@bard.edu
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The Hudson River Valley...Something Worth Fighting For
 
Althea Mullarkey, Public Policy and Special Projects Analyst
Scenic Hudson

Olin Hall  7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Althea Mullarkey provides analysis and research support for Scenic Hudson’s advocacy campaigns. She coordinates efforts with multiple partner organizations throughout the Hudson Valley and serves as Scenic Hudson’s representative on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Community Advisory Group, which helps oversee the PCB cleanup of the Hudson River. Previously, Mullarkey was the confidential assistant to the supervisor of Montgomery, one of Orange County’s fastest-growing towns, and held several positions at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She studied at Monterey Peninsula College in California and Pace University in Westchester County.

 

Althea Mullarkey works directly for Scenic Hudson’s Public Policy Director as the Public Policy & Special Project Analyst. She provides in-depth analysis and research support for the organizations legislative and advocacy campaigns. She coordinates efforts with multiple partner organizations throughout the Hudson Valley and serves as a representative for the Hudson Valley on multiple environmental and business coalition groups including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Community Advisory Group, which helps oversee the PCB cleanup of the Hudson River. Previously, Ms. Mullarkey was the confidential assistant to the supervisor of Montgomery, one of Orange County's fastest-growing towns, and held several positions at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She studied at Monterey Peninsula College in California and Pace University in Westchester County.

 
Sponsored by: Citizen Science Program
Betsy Hoffman  845-758-7490  bhoffman@bard.edu
  Sunday, January 13, 2019
Citizen Science Begins
Mandatory
Students should report to their assigned classroom  12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Citizen Science Program begins

Sponsored by: Citizen Science Program
Betsy Hoffman  845-758-7490  bhoffman@bard.edu
Sunday, January 13, 2019 – Friday, January 25, 2019
Citizen Science Program
Bard College Campus  Inspired by stories from places like Flint, Michigan, and Hoosick Falls, New York, the 2019 Citizen Science program will tackle urgent, present-day questions related to water. We will explore the properties of water, as well as how these properties influence the contamination (and decontamination) of drinking water. We will also consider the extent to which problems of contamination are not purely scientific in nature: Where and how does politics enter the picture? In what ways are social, historical, and political factors at work even when we think we are engaged in “objective” science?

Sponsored by: Registrar's Office
845-758-7490  citizenscience@bard.edu
  Saturday, January 12, 2019
Citizen Science Program arrival day 2
Bard College Campus  Students returning to campus from a distance less than 350 miles, check-in 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Sponsored by: Registrar's Office
845-758-6822 
  Friday, January 11, 2019
Citizen Science Program arrival day 1
Bard College Campus  Students arriving via airline or returning to campus from a distance greater than 350 miles. Dorms open 2:00pm. Check-in 2:00-5:00pm.

Sponsored by: Registrar's Office
845-758-6822