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    • Intimate Realities of Water The Taft Research Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Adrian Parr’s documentary, The Intimate Realities of Water is a finalist for “Best Documentary”at the Paris Art & Movie Awards – International festival.  Filmmakers from all over the world will gather in Paris on July 25th. In fact, the documentary’s world premiere will be at the festival.  This festival screens independent films in their original languages.  This documentary concentrates upon a series of cinematic portraits that examine the power dynamics of water and slums.  The film is a social commentary that chronicles the complex relationship between war, poverty, gender, sanitation, health.

          • While the Taft Research Center is sad to see President Santa J. Ono leave, we are happy for his opportunity to become the 15th President Santa Onopresident of the University of British Columbia. Ono has been a bearcat for the last six years, serving as both UC's Provost and President. He will stay with the UC community through mid-July and then will move to transition to UBC in August. The Center wishes the best of luck to Dr. Ono. In the upcoming weeks, the Board of Trustees will appoint members to a Presidential Search Committee and will also hire a professional search firm to help in looking for the university's next president. More details will come from UC's board.

                • Taft Research Center Executive Director Adrian Parr is featured in the May 18 issue of the New York Times. Assistant News Editor of the Salon Media Group Natasha Lennard sat down with Dr. Parr to talk about herDr. Adrian Parr latest book, "The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change Politics." This interview is the fourth dialogue in The Stone's "The Disposable Life Project" series. The series consists of conversations with a number of experts that explores violence and how it is connected with disposable life, especially within the framework of 20th Century, large-scale violence. (The Stone is a part of the New York Times' editorial section which features the writing of contemporary philosophers and other scholars."  To read Dr. Parr's interview, please click here

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