The 2014 Global American South Conference, “Cities, Rivers and Cultures of Change: Rethinking and Restoring the Environments of the Global American South,” will take place at the FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22. The conference is free and open to the public.
The conference will address the shifts in the way water is thought about, used and protected; rapid immigration and demographic change (the “browning” and “graying” of the United States); and the effects that urbanization has had on the environment of the American South and the world at large.
Margaret Palmer, professor at the University of Maryland and director of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, will deliver the keynote Chandler Lecture in Southern Business History at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22. Palmer’s research is focused on watershed restoration ecology, and she has worked on streams, river and estuaries for 30 years. She has led scientific projects at national and international levels and is recognized for her work at the interface of science and policy, particularly in watershed restoration. Palmer earned her doctorate in coastal oceanography from the University of South Carolina and is an AAAS Fellow, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow and an elected fellow of the Ecological Society of America.
The 2014 Global American South Conference is presented by the Center for Global Initiatives, the Center for the Study of the American South and the Institute for the Environment. This conference is part of the ongoing exploration of the globalization of the southern United States that the University has been pursuing for more than a decade.
For more information and to register online, visit http://cgi.unc.edu/gas
Contact: Bevin Tighe, Center for Global Initiatives program assistant for events and communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919.962.3094