Profound shifts in the way we think, use and protect water, rapid immigration and demographic change (the ‘graying’ and ‘browning’ of the United States), and immense urbanization have made the American South a bellwether of environmental change for both America and the world at large.
Cities, Rivers, and Cultures of Change: Rethinking and Restoring the Environments of the Global American South aims to bring together graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, and a broader public audience to share current research that explore these themes from the point of view of 1) southern culture, history, and ethics, 2) efforts to restore natural and built environments, and 3) the implications and connections between changes to the American South and the inter-connected global environment in which we live.
This two-day conference is part of the ongoing exploration of the globalization of the southern United States that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been pursuing for over a decade. Each year this interdisciplinary conference focuses on a different theme to reveal the interplay of the global and the local, both the impacts of globalization on our region and the often surprising ways that local culture and experience influence distant communities and regions.
Special Programming: Margaret Palmer (University of Maryland) will deliver the Chandler Lecture in Southern Business History as the conference keynote Saturday February 22 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center.
Margaret Palmer is a Professor at the University of Maryland and Director of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. Her research program is focused on watershed restoration ecology. Having worked on streams, rivers, and estuaries for 30 years and having led scientific projects at national and international levels, she is well known for her work at the interface of science and policy, particularly watershed restoration. She has a PhD in Coastal Oceanography from the University of South Carolina, is a AAAS Fellow, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, and an elected fellow of the Ecological Society of America.
The Chandler Lecture will be followed by a Southern fusion lunch from Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe with local pork BBQ and hearty vegetable options.