Professor of Modern Chinese History at the University of Arizona David Pietz will present “China’s Yellow River: Managing Scarcity on the North China Plain” in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The event is free and open to the public.
The Yellow River supports life in the North China Plain, a region that is home to 200 million people. In recent years, the river has become vulnerable to environmental impacts that pose a significant threat to the economic, social and political stability of the country. Pietz will “explore the Yellow River through history to the sources of China’s contemporary water crisis, mapping the confluence of forces that have shaped the predicament that the world’s most populous nation now faces in managing its water reserves.”
Pietz is also the UNESCO Chair in Environmental History and Director of the Global Studies Program at the University of Arizona. His research interests are in environmental history and the history of technology in China and East Asia.
The event was coordinated by Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee, who joined the HWS faculty in 2008. Magee has authored several articles on China’s water and energy and has presented his work at conferences and institutes throughout the world, including Oxford University, the University of Colorado and the National Youth Science Foundation. Magee has served as a fellow of the prestigious Rocky Mountain Institute, which helped to formulate a low-carbon energy future for China.
The event is sponsored by the Asian Studies Department, Environmental Studies Program, History Department and Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs.