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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, CRC Program Manager Anna Schwab will host a series of talks during the Spring 2021 semester on various topics related to natural hazards.

This semester’s events will be recorded, and talks will be made available to the public on this page and the Center’s YouTube page.

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Jan. 27, 2021: Dr. Timothy Beatley, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Virginia  – “Nature as a Pandemic Response
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Feb. 3, 2021: Joe DeAngelis, American Planning Association and Jaimie Masterson, Texas A&M University – “Using Local Planning Tools to Build Community Resilience
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Feb. 10, 2021: Dr. Ashley Ross, Texas A&M University at Galveston – “Local Governance in Context of Natural Hazards: What is Good Governance?
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Feb. 17, 2021: Donald Hornstein, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law  – “Legal Issues – Disaster Law / Disaster Insurance
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Feb. 24, 2021: Dana Haine, UNC Institute for the Environment – “Exploring Resilience to Extreme Heat
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March 3, 2021: Dylan Sandler, New York City Department of City Planning  – “Coastal Resiliency in New York City

March 10, 2021: Dr. Kathie Dello, North Carolina State Climate Office  – “Natural Hazards in NC: The Role of the State Climatologist

March 17, 2021: Dr. Amanda Martin, North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency  – “Resilience Policy at the State Level

March 24, 2021: Dr. Branda Nowell, School of Pubilc and International Affairs, North Carolina State University – “NCSU Fire Chasers Project

March 31, 2021: Dr. Brian Blanton, Renaissance Computing Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill  – “Coastal Dynamics – Hazards Modeling

April 7, 2021: Prof. Ismael Pagan-Trinidad  – “Engineering for Resilience in Puerto Rico

April 14, 2021: Dr. Elizabeth Frankenberg, Carolina Population Center, UNC-Chapel Hill  – “Psychosocial Impacts of Extreme Weather Events

April 21, 2021: CRC Annual Meeting (no speaker)

April 28, 2021: Darien Williams, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology  – “Disaster, Prisons and Blackness