TAFTtalks are designed to draw out issues of interest beyond the academe and focus on big, contemporary ideas and concerns. They feature the best and brightest minds within our own ranks at UC and of our visiting lecturers and scholars.
H2Otalks are an outgrowth of the popularity of TAFTtalks. These talks revolve around discussions on water rights, usage, and responsibility. In Creating Our Third Century, Taft is helping to forge the critical mass necessary for a sustained program in water studies.
We are proud to announce a partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the development of the H2Otalks. These talks were featured at the 50th Anniversary of UNESCO Water Programmes during the 38th UNESCO General Conference, as part of the “50 Years, 50 Movies on Water,” in November 2015.
In addition, the public humanities research group, along with Dr. Adrian Parr and Sean Hughes, produced a film, "The Intimate Realities of Water." This film was also screened at the anniversary event and will be screened again in February. As a part of the City of Sidny's Art About Public Art Program, Sidney city officials will show the movie. The program will feature the H2O: Water Bar, a laboratory-style installation that allows visitors to sample water from different regions in Australia. Malcolm London
Malcolm London is an internationally recognized poet, activist, and educator. A member of the Young Adult Council of the prestigious Steppenwolf Theater, London won the Louder Than A Bomb youth poetry slam in his native Chicago, in both individual and team performance. He is currently the coordinator of The Know Your Rights Project out of Northwestern Law School.
Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist. He is
founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities.
Alison Auciello is an organizer for Food & Water Watch in Ohio. Her background is in community outreach and fundraising around environmental and consumer rights issues. She worked with Ohio Citizen Action on manufacturing and landfill pollution issues, most extensively on coal pollution issues. She contributed to successful campaigns against coal plants in Ohio. Vernon Scarborough
Dr. Vernon Scarborough is a Distinguished Research Professor and Charles P. Taft Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, University of Cincinnati in Ohio. He is known for his research and publications on settlement, land use and water management practices of archaic and Pre-industrial society. Amy Townsend-Small
Dr. Townsend-Small researches the human impacts on global carbon, nitrogen, and water cycles; feedbacks between the carbon cycle, the hydrologic cycle, and climate change; greenhouse gas emissions and water quality associated with energy production; stable isotopes and radiocarbon dating. Her current research explores the sources and fluxes of methane, a very powerful greenhouse gas. For more on Dr. please see her research profile here.
Tara Houska is Ojibwe of Saulteaux, Couchiching First Nation. She is the a founding board member of Not Your Mascots, non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the misappropriation of Indigenous identity, imagery and culture, and is also currently the National Campaigns Director for Honor the Earth, an environmental justice group. Previously, Houska has served as the Native American advisor to the Bernie Sanders, Tribal Attorney, and lobbyist for Native American concerns. In her TAFTtalk, Houska discusses her work with Honor the Earth and fighting for trial rights and sustainable land practices.