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Presented By: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+)

Rivers of Power

This lecture will be online

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This talk explores the many ways that humans have used rivers over time, and how we continue to do so today. Since our earliest cities established along the Tigris-Euphrates, Indus, Nile, and Yellow Rivers, anthropogenic use of rivers has changed over time and space. Yet their critical importance persists because they provide five fundamental benefits: access, natural capital, territory, well-being, and power. The manifestations of these benefits have changed, but societal demands for them have not.

Dr. Laurence C. Smith, John Atwater and Diana Nelson University Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Brown University, has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, essays and books about the Arctic, water resources, and satellite remote sensing technologies. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and American Geophysical Union Fellow. His research has been reported by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, BBC, and others, and he was an invited speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos. His general audience book “The World In 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future” won the Walter P. Kistler Book Award and was a Nature Editor’s Pick of 2012. His second book “Rivers of Power” about rivers and society, was a Geographical best book of 2020.

This is the second of a six-lecture series. The subject of the series is Global Waters: The Tip of the Iceberg. The next lecture will take place January 27, 2022. The title is Global Rivers: A New View From Space.
Learn from well-known experts about an array of interesting subjects, with an interactive Q&A period following each lecture.

Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the lecture will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
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  • $10 day pass. $35 for the 6-lecture series.

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