Water Experts Participate in 9th Biennial Rosenberg Forum

Louis Santiago, associate professor of physiological ecology, and Ariel Dinar, professor of environmental economics and policy, participated recently in the 9th biennial meeting of the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy in Panama City, Panama. The forum took place Feb. 24-28.

The forum, which is held every other year, is a program of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Division of the University of California that examines how to reduce conflict in the management of water resources and encourages the adoption of science-based water policy. The vice president of ANR, Glenda Humiston, oversees the forum and participated in the event. Participation is limited to invited water scholars and senior water managers.

Widow of Murdered Bangladeshi/US Writer Speaks at UCR

Rafida Ahmed (extreme left) speaking on March 1 with about 25 students in the University Honors program and the Global Issues Forum.

Rafida Ahmed (extreme left) speaking on March 1 with about 25 students in the University Honors program and the Global Issues Forum.

Rafida Ahmed, wife of the slain activist and blogger Avijit Roy, visited UCR on Feb. 29 and March 1 to give a public talk and to meet with UCR students.

Ahmed’s visit began with a conversation on Feb. 29 with Nigel Hughes, a professor of Earth sciences, who invited Ahmed to campus. Following afterward, Ahmed gave her talk titled, “Machettes, fundamentalism and rationalism: what does history tell us?: reflections by Rafida Ahmed, Blogger/Writer and the widow of murdered Bangladeshi/US writer Dr. Avijit Roy,” to a packed house in CHASS Interdisciplinary South 1113. She spoke on the rise of religious fundamentalism and the threat it poses to free speech and thinking.

The next day, on March 1, Ahmed held a follow-up discussion with about 25 students in the University Honors program and the Global Issues Forum.

A Bangladeshi-American, Roy was hacked to death in public a little over a year ago (Feb. 26, 2015) in Bangladesh by Islamic militants wielding machetes. Ahmed, who was with Roy at the time, was also attacked and sustained major injuries.  Several authors, bloggers, publishers in Bangladesh have been recently murdered for promoting rationalism and free thought.

Rafida Ahmed (left) in conversation on Feb. 29 with Nigel Hughes (right), UCR's professor of Earth sciences.

Rafida Ahmed (left) in conversation on Feb. 29 with Nigel Hughes (right), UCR’s professor of Earth sciences.

An opinion piece by Hughes on this topic can be found here. Hughes has done extensive work in the Himalaya for over 25 years, and has a keen interest in science outreach in the Indian subcontinent.

Ahmed’s visit to campus was sponsored by University Honors, the Center for Ideas and Society, the departments of Earth Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies and Political Science, and the John A. and Betty C. Moore Science as a Way of Knowing seminar series.

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