In July 2010 the United Nations General Assembly declared that access to clean water and sanitation is a human right essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights. Today more than 1 billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water. Moreover, scarcity and unequal access to water are major risk factors for violent conflict.
Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) engineering, health, and peacebuilding staff will be the conversation partners with faculty from engineering, nursing, law, geography and the environment, and business in this day-long symposium
The American West has known water scarcity and conflict since the 1800s, and has responded by pursuing two primary goals: control of water allocation for the states, and certainty of water supplies for users. Reed Benson will briefly discuss how these twin goals have shaped western water law and policy in various contexts.
Water is our planet's most precious resource. It is required by every living thing, yet a huge proportion of the world's population struggles to access it. Agriculture, aquaculture, industry, and energy depend on it - yet its adequacy and safety engender conflict.
An internationally celebrated African-American poet, writer, commentator, and activist, Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, visited Randolph College on February 17, 2011, to deliver a lecture on "Activism and Civil Rights Today" to a packed house at Randolph's Houston Memorial Chapel. The event, which honored the 50th anniversary of Lynchburg, VA's first civil rights sit-ins, featured the women of Randolph's a cappella group Songshine performing "Ride On King Jesus," an introduction by Randolph College President John E. Klein, and then the main event — a thoughtful and illuminating presentation by Giovanni on education, civil-rights activism, and the importance of poetry and the arts.
Faith Ringgold on fighting to get women and African-American artists into museums and the power of art. Faith Ringgold is one of America's most gifted and generous visual storytellers. Ringgold is best known for the painted story quilts in which she draws on African American folklore tradition, often to dramatize—to humanize—institutional and national histories.
They made beds and cleaned toilets. They shined shoes, dusted jackets, cooked meals and washed dishes. Yet the Pullman porters created history in the face of adversity and racial prejudice. They helped form the foundation for the black middle class, and became instrumental in the civil rights movement.
Follow two former porters as they travel from their homes in Seattle to Oakland, Calif., where they were honored by Amtrak and the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum for their years of service.
Following a theme of service and collaboration, guest speaker Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone, implored the Class of 2012 to bring their talents and join his "losing team" in the war on poverty, violence and the lack of education.
Civil rights leader Ruby Bridges remembers integrating the New Orleans school system in 1960 and the lessons of racial justice that her teacher and Dr. King taught. She urges Americans to honor Dr. King's legacy of service by volunteering on MLK Day.
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