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The Coastal Resilience Center (CRC), in partnership with the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (DCRP), are co-sponsoring a graduate certificate program in the study of Natural Hazards Resilience. As part of this course, Dr. Shaleen Miller will host a series of talks that are open to the public during the Spring 2020 semester on various topics related to natural hazards.

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at Hanes Art Center 218, 121 E. Cameron Avenue on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus. **Beginning March 26, event will be held online in a closed web conference, and recordings will be posted to this page for the public.**

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Thursday, Jan. 16, 2019: Adam Long, Greenhouse Gas Specialist, UNC-Chapel Hill / Amy Armbruster, Research and Outreach Manager, UNC Three Zeros Environmental Initiative – “Campus Sustainability Tour
Blog post: Class learns about UNC’s district energy system

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2019: Amanda Martin, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, North Carolina Office of Resilience & Recovery – “How to Innovate for Resilience in Existing Institutions: Climate Change in North Carolina
Blog post: A conversation on statewide resilience

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2019: Albert George, South Carolina Aquarium/Amazon Reforestation Project: The Resilience Initiative for Coastal Education (RICE) –A Discussion of Heritage in Harm’s Way and Gullah Geechee Communities that will be impacted by Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
Blog post:
Speaker focuses on sustainability of Gullah Geechee Corridor

Thursday, Feb. 6: Julie Rosati, Technical Director, Flood and Coastal, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory – “Corps R&D for Understanding Coastal Hazards
Blog post: Army Corps work balances economy, flood and storm risks

Thursday, Feb. 27: Michelle Dovil, Visiting Faculty, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Florida A&M University – “A Tale of Two Cities: A Critical Analysis of the Risk Perceptions and Place Attachments of Coastal Resident’s at Risk for Sea Level Rise in North Carolina
Blog post: Assessing place attachment in the face of growing risks

Thursday, March 5: Brian Blanton, Renaissance Computing Institute/Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence – “Coastal Modeling
Blog post: Hazards modeling predicts flooding from coastal storms

Thursday, March 19: CANCELED

Thursday, March 26: Paula Shea, Chief Planner, City of Norfolk (Va.) – “Planning for Resilience: Roles for Planning and Planners
Blog post: Norfolk adopting resilience strategies in the face of rising seas

Thursday, April 2: Jaimie H. Masterson, Associate Director, Texas Target Communities, Texas A&M University

Thursday, April 9: Phil Berke, Research Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Thursday, April 16: JB Smith, Coastal Technical Planning Expert, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District – “Coastal Hazards & Resilience: Corps of Engineers Planning Perspective

Thursday, April 23: Keith Acree, Public Information Officer, North Carolina Emergency Management – “Public Information During Disasters and Emergencies