This year we are hosting a lecture series that focuses on protecting our water resources, inspired by the high school debate topic: Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States.
Our lecture series will feature scholars, scientists, policy directors and advocates with expertise on US water policy and protection of US water resources.
Dates – 6/10, 6/24, 7/22, 8/12, 8/26*
Times – 5:30 PM PST, 5:30 PM PST
Scott Berry, Director of Policy and Government at US Water Alliance US Water Alliance is a national nonprofit organization advancing policies and programs that build a sustainable water future for all. He leads the Alliances engagement on policy issues, heading up their Washington DC Office. Previously he was director of the Utility Infrastructure Division, Environment and Trade at the Associated General Contractors of America.
Dr. Tiara Na’puti, Assistant Professor of Global & Indigenous Studies in the Department of Global & International Studies at University of California Irvine Tiara R. Na’puti is a Chamoru scholar (Guåhan/Guam) who focuses on issues of Indigenous movements, colonialism, and militarism in the Mariana Islands archipelago and throughout Oceania. Na’puti works with organizations addressing immigration rights and issues facing Native and Indigenous Pacific Islander populations. She has joined several delegations to testify at the United Nations Special Political and Decolonization Committee (4th Committee) on the political status of Guåhan. Her work has recently appeared in CommonDreams, In These Times, and Latinx Spaces, she was also interviewed on RT News about the colonial status of Guåhan and the impacts of militarism. Professor Na’puti is a first-generation college student who received a master’s and doctorate in Communication Studies and a certificate in Native American & Indigenous Studies (NAIS) from The University of Texas at Austin
Sources for embedded hyperlinks:
Na’puti, Tiara R. and Kristie Soares, “Militarization without Representation: Your Vote Could Determine the Future of the U.S. Territories.” Latinx Spaces, October 29, 2020.
Na’puti, Tiara R., “The Disenfranchised Voters No One Is Talking About: Residents of U.S. Colonies,” In These Times, October 20, 2020.
Na’puti, Tiara R. “Pandemic in the Pacific: US Military Bases Are Hot Spots for More Than Just Covid-19—They Also Make Island Territories Targets for Climate Disasters,” Common Dreams, September 12, 2020
In Question. “The Forgotten Americans.” RT News America. October 22, 2020. 3:06-9:11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIkpGtk303g Marshall, Lisa. “CU Boulder Professor Testifies Before U.N. Committee on Guam” CU Boulder Today, October 4, 2017. https://www.colorado.edu/today/2017/10/04/cu-boulder-professor-testifies-un-committee-guam
Dr. Beth Mendenhall, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Marine Affairs at University of Rhode Island
Dr. Elizabeth Mendenhall earned her Ph.D. in International Relations in 2017 from Johns Hopkins University and is now an assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island’s Department of Marine Affairs. She teaches International Ocean Governance in Marine Affairs, and has a (limited) joint appointment with Political Science. Her research centers on the ocean governance regime, especially the Law of the Sea Convention. Recent work addresses artificial island building, sea level rise, marine plastic debris, strategic nuclear submarines, COVID-19 and cruise ships, and the ‘Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction’ negotiations.
Water Policy Lecture Series
This talk focuses broadly on various water resources and their protection nationally. As a former debater (UMW) Scott will devote significant time to answer questions from this introduction into the topic.
Indigenous Environmental Justice & Water Policy in the U.S.
This talk focuses on relational elements of “protection of water resources in the United States” through the particular case of Guåhan/Guam and issues of Indigenous environmental justice. It asks us to collectively consider: How might critical questions about water policy be addressed in relation with Indigenous peoples? And, how might increases in protection of water resources be understood from places that are politically designated as territories of the United States?