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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 Director and DCRP Professor Gavin Smith will host a series of additional talks that are open to the public during the Spring 2017 semester on various topics related to natural hazards.

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at 102 New East Building, on East Cameron Avenue between Old East residence hall and Davie Hall.

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Dr. Daniel Aldrich, Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Masters Program in Security and Resilience – “Social Capital and Disaster Recovery”
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

Scott Davis, Georgetown University/RAND Corporation/U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – “Disaster Recovery and Resilience”
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

Dawn Zimmer, Mayor, Hoboken New Jersey – “The Roles and Experiences of a Mayor in Disaster Recovery”
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

Iain Hyde, Deputy Director, Colorado Governor’s Office of Recovery – “State Roles in Recovery: The Experiences of Colorado following the Floods of 2013”
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

Dr. Jae Park, Program Manager, AECOM – “The Role of Data and its Analysis in the Support of Disaster Recovery”
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Dr. Karl Seidman, Senior Lecturer, Economic Development, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Urban Studies and Planning – “Disaster Recovery in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina”
Wednesday, March 8

CANCELED: LaToya Cantrell, Councilmember, City of New Orleans – “Disaster Recovery in the Broadmoor, New Orleans Neighborhood following Hurricane Katrina”
Wednesday, March 22

Dr. Michael Rumsewicz, Research Director, Natural Hazards and Bushfire CRC “International Research Linking Knowledge to Action”
Wednesday, March 29

Dr. Patricia McAnany, Kenan Eminent Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – “Anthropological Perspectives on Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation”
Wednesday, April 5

David Hill (Professor – Architecture) and Andy Fox (Associate Professor – Landscape Architecture), N.C. State University – “Disasters and Design”
Wednesday, April 19