|Meeting on the Jordan Lake Rules:|
Place: Parkwood Library (5122 Revere Rd)
Date: Feb 24th (Tues) 2009
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Background Info from PA (a preview from the upcoming PA newsletter):
In 1976, the U.S. Corps of Engineers commissioned a study of the anticipated water quality of the soon-to-be-filled JordanLake. Although the study concluded that water quality would be poor, and that "much of the lake would probably not be useful for recreation and water supply" the Corps went ahead with its plans, against the advice of many environmentalists. One said: "if we looked for the absolute worst place to build a damn in NC, we would not do much better than this site". We're still living with the Corps' decision.
Rules recently approved by the N.C. Division of Water Quality: "Proposed Jordan Reservoir Water Supply Nutrient Strategy" focus on limiting nitrogen and other nutrient runoff into the lake. However, the breadth and cost of the regulations is so large that the Durham City Council has argued that some clauses should be modified. At stake is a $570 million cost to the city, potentially resulting in 700% increased stormwater rates (from $26 to $200/month for a small house in Durham, according to Council figures).
For the Council, a high priority would be to remove the requirement to retrofit existing development to meet new runoff standards (the Council agrees with the regulation of new development). The Council has gone out of its way, in recent meetings, to assure the public that it supports most of the rule's clauses.
"WE won't pay for YOUR Crisis!"
When: Tuesday, Feb. 24: 7pm
Where: Saunders 220, UNC-CH
Is the current financial crisis affecting the university? University of Arizona is apparently over the brink, Princeton is bankrupt, and university job offers are being erased in the NY area. Is the crisis accentuating a threatening tendency in higher education towards a university model as "post-fordist knowledge factory + corporate research laboratory", as some are claiming? At the same time, is there a better place to be than a university in times of crisis? how can we defend that space? what opportunities might this crisis open?
Join us to hear how others have been organizing in and around the university. How people have blasted open the narrow vision of the university as an ivory tower to demand rights to a just livelihood and access to education. Speakers from New York, Sydney-Australia and Rome-Italy will join us to discuss new ways that students, faculty and employees are taking the university to task for what it is- a tower of power not ivory.
anna curcio: postdoctoral associate, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, founder member of the edu-factory collective (www.edu-factory.org) and co-editor of Global University. Hierarchies and Self-education in the Knowledge Market (Autonomedia
brett neilson: associate professor in social and cultural analysis, University of Western Sydney, founder member of the edu-factory collective and co-editor of Global University. Hierarchies and Self-education in the Knowledge Market (Autonomedia
michael palm: assistant professor of communications, UNC-CH, co-editor of The University Against Itself: The NYU Strike and the Future of the Academic Workplace, and organizer of the 2005 NYU graduate employees strike.
The Anomalous Wave (www.uniriot.org)
Co-sponsored by the Counter Cartographies Collective (www.countercartographies.org) and the Social Movements Working Group (www.ibiblio.org/swmg)
*Journalist Marda Dunsky is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, February 24,
at 5:30 PM in 4003 GEC on "After Gaza, and Before: How the American
mainstream media report the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."*
*What factors determine American mainstream media narratives of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Based on her book, "Pens and Swords: How
the American Mainstream Media Report the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" *
*(Columbia University Press, 2008), Marda Dunsky discusses the impacts
*U.S. policy, how reporters approach the story in the field and domestic
interest groups on news of the conflict that we find online, in print
and on television and radio.*
*Marda Dunsky is a former Arab affairs reporter for the /Jerusalem Post/
and editor on the national/foreign desk of the /Chicago Tribune/. She
has developed a unique media literacy course on American *
*mainstream reporting of the Arab and Muslim worlds that she teaches at
DePaul University. Dunsky's work on U.S. media coverage of the Middle
East has been published in the /Journal of Islamic Law and Culture/, *
*/Arab Studies Quarterly/ and /Nieman Reports/. Her op-ed pieces on the
Middle East have appeared in the /Chicago Tribune/ and other newspapers.*
* Here are links to her book, Pens and Swords: How the American
Mainstream Media Report the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, on the Web
site of the publisher, Columbia University Press; and to a review of the *
*book in the current issue of Nieman Reports (Nieman Foundation for
Journalism at Harvard).