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Exploring Global Water Contexts Research Forum Feb. 8, 2019

We are pleased to share the finalized agenda with you today. The focus of the forum will be "A Vision for Future Water Security." Please refer to page 2 of "Eco-system Based Water Security and the Sustainable Development Goals" for the specifics of this vision. One of the co-authors of that paper, Dr. Vanesa Rodriguez Osuna will join us from Germany (via Skype) to deliver the morning keynote and address dimensions she addressed in her recent report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for the Americas. This forum is sponsored by our partner, the Global Water Institute, and co-sponsors the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, and International Programs in Agriculture. The Middle East Studies Library is our partner in knowledge curation and visualization. We express deep thanks and gratitude to our partners, and to all of you who participate in our programs, for making this forum possible. And, if you haven't registered yet, we have good news, there are still seats left! Please join us and spread the word to your colleagues. Thank you.
Forum Agenda:

9:00 Welcome
9:15 Opening remarks by Dean of the Humanities, Dr. Peter Hahn, History
9:30 Keynote: A Vision for Water Security, Dr. Vanesa Rodriguez Osuna
10:00 Q&A with Dr. Rodriguez Osuna
10:30 Break-outs on “What does this vision for water security look like in your area?”
1:00 Lunch – Knowledge Curation and Visualization by OSU Library, Magda El-Sherbini
1:30 Panel on Regional Perspectives (tentative topics*), Discussant, Dr. Alam Payind, Director of the Middle East Studies Center  
1:35 The Middle East  
1:50 Africa 
2:05 South America, Andes 
2:20 Q&A
2:45 Wrap-up
3:00 Coffee and networking

*Tomorrow is the last day to submit a topic proposal! send to



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The Middle East Studies Center (MESC), an area studies center of the Office of International Affairs at the Ohio State University, was established in 1981. Since then, the Center has brought in over 13 million dollars to the university, forged lasting partnerships and strengthened OSU’s reach in regard to sharing knowledge and understanding of the Middle East.   Please support our Center's Outreach Program with a donation. Every dollar directly funds curriculum and its accessibility to the general public, through the creation of easy-to-digest materials, such as our e-book, and our personal delivery of content to schools and teachers in Columbus and across the country, and online. We conduct extensive training for the military, provide ongoing media analysis, and continually work to strengthen Middle East studies at OSU by supporting courses, library resources and opportunities for students at OSU.

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The Middle East Studies Center (MESC) is an area studies center of the Office of International Affairs. Our Center's mission (see full statement here) is not only to foster high quality research and scholarship, but also to use this research and scholarship to increase understanding of the realities of everyday lives of Middle Eastern people. For this reason, our highest priority is to share knowledge, especially that which is based on direct experience in the form of field research, cross-cultural interaction, and/or primary sources from the Middle East.  We strive to make that information accessible through technology, but also by making it understandable through associated media and discussions.  
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