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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 Dr. Gavin Smith will host a series of additional talks that are open to the public during the Spring 2018 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. Lori Peek, Director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder – “The Role of Social Science Research in Advancing our Understanding of Disasters”
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

Dr. Tom Birkland, William T. Kretzer Professor of Public Policy, School of Public and International Affairs, North Carolina State University – “Lesson-Drawing from Natural Hazards and Disasters” 
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

Michele Steinberg, Wildfire Division Manager of the National Fire Protection Association – “Firewise Communities: Exemplary Practices and Lessons for Fire-Prone Areas”
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

Dr. Alex Felson, Associate Professor, Yale University – “Disasters and Design: An Ecological Perspective”
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Profs. Ismael Pagán and Ricardo López-Rodriguez, Professors, Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez – “Observations of Puerto Rico’s Recovery from Hurricane Maria: An Engineering Perspective”
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

Donn Young, Photographer of post-Katrina Louisiana – “Art and Disaster: A Photographers Perspective on Hurricane Katrina Recovery in New Orleans, Louisiana” 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Dr. Chris Gregg, Professor, Department of Geology, East Tennessee State University – “Geological Hazards in Hawaii and Italy: A Cross Cultural Comparison”
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Dr. Branda Nowell, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University –  “Wildfire Vulnerability and Creating more Fire-Resilient Communities”
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Al Leonard, Town Manager, Fair Bluff, N.C. – “Disaster Recovery in a Small Town: The Challenges Facing Rural Communities through the Eyes of a Town Manager”
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Brock Long, Federal Emergency Management Agency (special time and location)
Monday, April 16, 2018

Stephen Dredge, MeridianUrban – “Linking Natural Hazards Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation: An International Perspective”
Wednesday, April 18, 2018