You can download a full program, including author bios, here.
Anyone in town by Sept. 15 is invited to attend a screening of Okefenokee Destiny, a 14-minute PBS EcoSense for Living documentary that explores important conservation questions about the wetland. The 4 p.m. showing will be held in Warnell Building 1, Room 304, and will be followed by a Q&A with Warnell’s Rhett Jackson about the future of North America’s largest intact blackwater wetland.
Then, stop by Little Kings, 223 W Hancock Ave., Athens between 6 and 8 p.m. for an informal gathering.
Policy Symposium & Celebration Schedule, updated Sunday Sept. 11, 2022
Friday, September 16 – Advancing Equity in Water Policy
Day One will take place at the Delta Innovation Hub, 210 Spring St., Athens. Parking is available for $10 at the North Campus Parking Deck, located on South Jackson Street. North Campus Parking Deck is situated nearby to Bishop, and close to Thomas Street South. A map is linked and pictured below.
8:30. Welcome from deans
8:50. Overview and logistics
9:00. “One Water: Operationalizing Equity in Water Management and Protection.” Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks, Spelman College
10:15. “Reforms without transformation: How incumbent regimes survive change.” Dr. Linda Mendez-Barrientos, University of Denver (virtual)
11:00. “Advancing Racial Equity & Conservation in Coastal Georgia.” Josiah Watts, One Hundred Miles
11:45. Lunch, RBC Special Appreciation Awards, and Acknowledgement of Jim Hooks
1:00. Address by Laurie Fowler
2:15. The Ethics of Advocacy (Session for 1 ethics CLE credit).
Speakers: John Sheesley, “Working With Government Attorneys: An Ethics Perspective,” US Environmental Protection Agency. Hal Robison, “Ethical Considerations for Attorneys of Charitable (Nonprofit) Organizations and Attorneys Interacting With Nonprofit Organizations,” Georgia Alabama Land Trust.
3:45. Using Infrastructure Projects to Advance Equity—projects at UGA.
Speakers: Don Nelson, “Advancing Equity with Natural Infrastructure.” Cydney Seigerman, “Toward Equity Across the Infrastructure Lifecycle in Ceará, Northeast Brazil.” Haley Selsor, “Recognizing Flood Risk Inequities Across Flood Frequencies.” Marshall Shepherd, “Racialized Heat Islands.”
4:45. Networking and Social
Saturday, September 17 – The Future of the Environmental Practicum at UGA
Day Two will take place in the auditorium of the Ecology Building, 140 E Green St, Athens, GA 30602, on South Campus. There is free adjacent parking accessible on Green Street off of East Campus Road. A map is linked and pictured below.
9:00. Background and goals for the day
9:15. Panel and Discussion: What was valuable about the Environmental Practicum?
Panelists: Paula Marcinek, Bianca Jaikaran, Katie Hill
9:45. Breakout Groups 1: The Most Valuable Aspects of the Practicum
10:40. Panel: Alternative Models for Future Practicum-Type Courses
Panelists: Seth Wenger, Adam Orford, Tim Carter
11:00. Next Steps for the Practicum
11:15. Breakout Groups 2: Beyond the Practicum—Fostering Interdisciplinary Alumni Engagement and Mentoring
12:15. Wrap-up, thank you, and plans for follow-up