Water Matters Events
"The Pond at Optevoz
and a Moment in French Realism"
Marlais compares Daubigny’s portrayal of a real site where water ran a mill and cattle drink from a pond to the pure, clean, ideal water shown in the classical Valenciennes painting.
"An Ecological Read
of the Ponds at Optevoz"
A specialist in the technology used for environmental study, Millette shows ecological changes that have occurred in these French waters since Daubigny painted The Water’s Edge, Optevoz in 1856.
The artist’s photography, mostly of Rhode Island’s seashore, brings to the fore environmental issues where the constructed environment meets the natural environment.
“Thirst and Abundance in the Twenty-First
Century: The Politics of Water”
Leading environmentalist Sandra Postel,
director of the Global Water Policy Project, and Tina
Clarke, campaign director of the Massachusetts Clean Water Project,
discuss the major questions guiding public debates on water use, conservation,
“Water: Its Ecological, Civic, and Cultural Meanings”
This discussion explores the characteristics of water from its role as a basic element of life to its influence on community activism and social movements. Tom Miner, former executive director, Connecticut River Watershed Council, Daniel Ross, executive director, and Hilda Colon, organizing director, Nuestras Raices, Holyoke, Massachusetts, Hilary Noll '05, and Giovanna Di Chiro, visiting assistant professor of women's studies at Mount Holyoke College, discuss how water works in a community. What are the infrastructures that get water from its origin to a community? Why does water matter for creating a community?
“Water: The Oil of the Twenty-First Century?”
"Many of the wars of this [twentieth] century
were about oil, but the wars of the next century will be about water." —Former World Bank Vice President Ismail Serageldin.
Outdoor Sculpture Presentation
A presentation by public artist Mary Miss, whose works have often focused on water. Miss has been selected by Mount Holyoke's Outdoor Sculpture Committee as a candidate for a commissioned piece for the campus.
Place of Water in the World: Ritual, Beauty, and the Environment”
Linking with the 2005 Mount Holyoke Student Science Symposium, this event celebrates a college-wide presentation of leading student work on a variety of topics including a focus on water.
Waves: WATER WORKS"
This series was inspired by Mount Holyoke faculty and students and the FotoFest 2004 program in Houston, Texas. We are indebted to Wendy Watriss, the artistic director of FotoFest 2004-Water, and to Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project, for their support in planning this series.