Monday, April 22, 2019

Columbia University Announces the Year of Water as they step into Earth Day's 22 Birthday Celebration !!!!

The Year of Water at Columbia University
Restorative and ruinous, excessive and scarce, water sustains life on Earth, fueling and undermining ecosystems, biodiversity, the global economy and technological innovation.

Beginning in fall 2019, Columbia University will launch the Year of Water, an interdisciplinary investigation of water in all of its social, political, cultural, economic and environmental complexities. Led by Columbia’s School of the Arts and convened across the University’s two Manhattan campuses and its Global Centers, public programming for the Year of Water will feature art presentations and exhibitions, lectures, screenings, readings and symposia focused on our planet’s most precious resource. Participating artists include Olafur Eliasson and Daan Roosegarde, whoseWaterlicht, a site-specific, immersive, outdoor light sculpture addressing rising water levels will have its New York City premiere at Columbia’s Manhattanville campus  on October 22, 23 and 24.

Columbia is a leader in cutting-edge research in water-related areas such as climate change, storm prevention, sustainability and water rights. Throughout the year, this research will be the focus of panel discussions and conferences led by professors at schools and institutes across the University including the Earth InstituteLamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, the Mailman School of Public Health, the Data Science Institute, the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Columbia Engineering School.

“Water is crucial to all aspects of life – interconnecting everything from food production and agriculture to sanitation, the health of our planet and the safety of our communities,” said Mary Boyce, dean of the engineering school. “Our faculty and students work collaboratively across our school and throughout Columbia, and with industry and government to develop novel methods and systems approaches to increase access to clean water, convert wastewater and mitigate the effects of climate change, including rising sea levels and extreme weather events.”

In observance of Earth Day, we are launching the Visit the site to learn about Columbia’s comprehensive water research, and come back in the coming months to register for events throughout the Year of Water.



Eve Glasberg
Senior Public Affairs Officer (Arts, Culture, Humanities, Libraries)
Columbia University in the City of New York
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