Nov 13: Inspire lecture on Water

For the Love of Water:  Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, Lisa Schroeder, and Dr. Molly Mehling will explore the following questions to inspire the audience about the many aspects of water and how it contributes to our environmental, social, economic, and human health:
How does being in, near, or under water make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what you do?
What role can the visual arts play in helping us to understand and fall in love with water?
How do our region’s water quality, water access, and riverfronts contribute to creating a most livable place for all?
How can sustainable waterfront development transform Pittsburgh?

Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols became enthralled by nature at an early age, and earned his PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Arizona’s School of Renewable Natural Resources. Nichols’ recent work has made him a pioneer in the green world, combining environmental activism with neuroscience in a field he calls “neuroconservation,” which explores the effect of nature on the human mind.  Nichols is a gripping speaker (see his TED Talk here) and a New York Times best-selling author.

Lisa Millspaugh Schroeder is President and Chief Executive Officer of Riverlife: a non-profit organization with the mission to reclaim, restore, and promote Pittsburgh’s riverfronts.  Schroeder has been a featured speaker at international conferences in Lisbon, Naples, and Toronto, advocating for the power of sustainable waterfront development to transform cities.  She was awarded the AIA Gold Medal in 2012 and was recognized as an Outstanding Woman in Business by the Pittsburgh Business Times (2011).

Dr. Molly Mehling is an aquatic and landscape research ecologist working to develop and implement well-designed, community-engaged projects that improve the ecosystem of our city for all of its inhabitants.  She merges scientific research with visual arts to improve our intertwined land and water systems.  Mehling is a professor in the Falk School of Sustainability at Chatham University.  She serves on many community organizations and offers workshops for using the visual arts in science and sustainability.

5-8 p.m. at the Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at the Hill House Kaufmann Center, 1825 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.  Registration $20, but if the designated ticket price does not fit your budget, email Jenna Cramer for a reduced price or scholarship).  ACT 48 credits provided for educators.  More information and online registration here.

Gather at 5 p.m. to enjoy delicious appetizers, complimentary beer and wine, music, and great networking!  Lectures begin at 6 p.m.  Coffee and dessert will be served from 8 – 9 p.m. for attendees interested in engaging in more discussion and networking.  A book signing with Dr. Wallace J Nichols will immediately follow the presentations at 8 p.m.

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Upcoming Inspire lectures:  Thursday, December 11th featuring Jeremy Rifkin, an internationally-renowned writer and consultant who has written 19 books uniting topics as far-ranging as economic development, environmental sustainability, global politics, and technological innovation, andWilliam Generett Jr., President and CEO of Urban Innovation21, a regional public-private economic development partnership that works to ensure that all communities are connected to our region’s innovation economy.  Learn more and register.

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