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Friday, October 21 • 8:00am - 9:00am
*Special Presentation: Author -Giulio Boccaletti - Water & Civilization: A Planetary Experiment

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Giulio Boccaletti, author of the magisterial history: Water: A Biography, comes to us from London. He shows how the political control of water has shaped civilizations, and how only political will can head off a civilization-ending crisis of population explosion and climate change that will cause mass migration and catastrophic violence.

Boccaletti will be joined in conversation by:
  • Kamanamaikalani Beamer, Dana Naone Hall Chair in Hawaiian Studies, Literature, and the Environment
  • Ernie Lau, Chief Engineer of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply
  • Kapua‘ala Sproat, Director, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law

Produced for the Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Better Tomorrow Speaker Series.

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D. Kapua'ala Sproat

Kapua Sproat is Assistant Professor at the William Richardson School of Law with Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law and the Environmental Law Program. Prior to joining the faculty, Kapua spent nine years as an attorney in the Hawai‘i office of Earthjustice... Read More →

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Kamanamaikalani Beamer

Kamanamaikalani Beamer is a full professor in the Hui ʻĀina Momona Program at the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa. He serves a dual appointment in the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and in the William S. Richardson School of Law as part of Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence... Read More →
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Giulio Boccaletti

Giulio Boccaletti, Ph.D. was trained as a physicist. He holds a doctorate from Princeton University, where he was a NASA Earth Systems Science Fellow, and has been a research scientist at MIT, a partner of McKinsey & Company, and the chief strategy officer of The Nature Conservancy... Read More →
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Ernie Lau

Ernest Y. W. Lau, PE, is the tenth manager and chief engineer of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply. He is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the BWS, with a focus on furthering the department's mission to provide a safe, dependable, and affordable water... Read More →

Friday October 21, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am HST