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Developing Global Sustainability — China/US Partnerships

Developing Global Sustainability brings together an interdisciplinary set of academic, government, and industry researchers from China and the United States to discuss a set of mutually pressing issues in energy, transportation, and water. Developing sustainable societies is a major challenge for the 21st century. Policies developed by China and the United States will play a particularly important role since these two countries use more than 30% of the total world energy expenditure, and are the current and previous largest emitters of greenhouse gases. In addition, both countries have major industrial complexes, large urban population centers, and large expansive rural areas that require extensive water management. Finally, both countries have population centers dispersed over large geographic areas with economies that are reliant on extensive transportation networks. Developing Global Sustainability focuses on policies and technologies needed for energy, transportation, and water that meet the “Triple Bottom Line” of improved performance with reduced cost and reduced environmental impact, while protecting social structure.

The Meeting is organized by faculty from the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, the Michigan Memorial Energy Institute, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, the UM/PKU Joint Institute and the UM/SJTU Joint Institute, the Center for Chinese Studies, and OVPR. “Developing Global Sustainability” focuses on three topics of substantial international scope in the field of sustainability: Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Transportation, and Sustainable Water.

Contact: Mark Banaszak Holl

Art-making, the Arts, and the Research University

Art-making, the Arts, and the Research University paperArt-making, the Arts, and the Research University, organized by Arts on Earth, aims to establish the University of Michigan as a leader in the emerging national conversation about better integrating art-making and the arts into the research university – not as decoration or amenity, but as an essential means of understanding, analyzing, and envisioning. Such integration will strengthen and invigorate the arts, ensuring their ongoing vitality; help clarify the unique qualities of art-making as a heuristic process; and support all members of the U-M community in the development of their full perceptual, analytic, and creative capacity.

The meeting features five types of activities: Keynote speakers address the cognitive and other effects of art-making; homologies between art-making and science, the relationship between art-making and “creativity,” and the ways in which integrating the arts and art-making fulfills the university’s mission. “Show and tell” sessions featuring individual, panel, and poster presentations on the role of the arts and art-making; and tours, special events, and other presentations of the arts and art-making at U-M. Paper and poster presentations focus on university administrative issues that prevent, complicate, promote and facilitate integration of the arts and art-making, and on curricular challenges and solutions. Workshops allow for working sessions on advancing research projects, addressing structural institutional obstacles, finding funding, addressing curricular challenges, and establishing a national advocacy organization. And finally, art activities and performances include a series of hands-on activities and performances structured to help participants experience the challenge and satisfaction of the kinds of integration considered throughout the meeting.

Contact: Theresa Reid