As part of Earth Week 2017, the UA Southwest Center is sponsoring two events to explore green alternatives to the border wall, as researchers are advocating that the wall be used to generate solar energy. Both events will be held in Room S107 of the Environment and Natural Resources 2 building.
The first event, to be held 12-1:20 p.m., is a public forum with several experts: world-renowned environmental visionary and human rights activist Homero Aridjis, who has served as Poet Laureate and Ambassador of Mexico; humanities professor, solar energy advocate and filmmaker James Ramey of the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico City; and Vasilis Fthenakis, founder and director of the Center for Life Cycle Analysis and a professor of Earth and environmental engineering at Columbia University. Gary Nabhan, the UA's W.K. Kellogg Chair in Southwest Borderlands Food and Water Security, will facilitate the discussion.
Then, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., Aridjis will be giving a reading of his poetry in Spanish, with English translations read by Ramey and Nabhan, also founding director of the UA Center for Regional Food Studies.