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One World Initiative

Keynote speaker Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow, internationally renowned environmental and social justice activist, and author of Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water will be the keynote speaker for the One World End-of-Year Celebration.

Monday April 29th, 6pm, University Union, Ballroom III.

The first year of Sacramento State's One World Initiative has been a great success and we're celebrating!

On Monday April 29th, join us for the One World 2013 End-of-Year Celebration, including student presentations, a faculty panel discussion, and a special keynote speaker all on the theme "Global Perspectives on Water".

Schedule of events:

Student Symposium on Water(12-3pm, Redwood Room)

See Sacramento State students present their perspectives on water in the form of papers, posters, artwork, demonstrations, and performances. This symposium addresses three themes: (1) Water: Peace and Conflict; (2) Water: Health and Wellness; (3) Water Stories. 

Abstracts and the schedule of presetations are available here.

Faculty Roundtable/Panel Discussion: "What we think about when we think about water: A multidiciplinary conversation about water" (4-5:30pm, Hinde Auditorium)

Join us for a roundtable discussion of how water relates to and inspires the creative and scholarly activities of Sacramento State faculty. Moderated by Dr. David Andersen (Government), the panel will feature Dr. Jim Baxter (Biological Sciences), Dr. Stephen Blumberg (Music), Dr. Michelle Stevens (Environmental Studies), and Dr. Kevin Wehr (Sociology).

Keynote Speaker: Maude Barlow "The Global Water Crisis - Coming to our Great Lakes" (6-7:30pm, Ballroom III). Welcome by Dr. Lisa Hammersley; Introduction by President Alexander Gonzalez. Book signing following the talk, books available for purchase on site.

Maude Barlow is a leading voice in Canada and around the world for social, environmental, and economic justice. A political activist, policy critic, and author, Barlow serves as the national volunteer chairperson for The Council of Canadians, a non-profit, non-partisan public interest organization supported by 100,000 members, where she advocates to protect Canada’s public social programs, its natural resource heritage, and food security, as well as fights for sustainable economic policies and promotes a peacekeeping role for Canada’s armed forces.

Along with her work for the Council of Canadians, Barlow is a director with the International Forum on Globalization, a network of individuals and groups from around the world advocating for democratic control of the global economy, and senior advisor on water to the United Nations. She also chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch and is a councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council.

Barlow was one of the “1000 Women for Peace” nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. In the same year, she received the prestigious Lannon Cultural Freedom Fellowship as well as the Right Livelihood Award. Known as the “Alternative Nobel” and given by the Swedish Parliament, the Right Livelihood Award cited her “exemplary and long-standing worldwide work for trade justice and the recognition of the fundamental right to water.” She also won the Citation of Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 Canadian Environmental Awards, Canada’s highest environmental honour. She is the bestselling author (or co-author) of 16 books, including Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.

THANK YOU! This event was made possible thanks to the generous support of the following:

  • Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost
  • The College of Continuing Education
  • University Enterprises, Inc., Campus Grant Program
  • The Honors Program/IRA Grant 
  • The College of Business Administration
  • The University Library
  • The College of Arts and Letters
  • The College of Health and Human Services
  • The College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies