Just Add Water: The Discussions

Friday, July 11, 2014 - Thursday, August 7, 2014
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 Map and directions

"Just Add Water: The Discussions," is a series of talks that focus on the hot– and sometimes– cold topic of water and the most important water issues that are faced in Southern California. Moderated by Jon Christensen, editor of "Boom," the series kicks off Thursday, July 11 and runs through August 7. All events begin at 7 P M.

No matter how you pour it – for your coffee in the morning or on your lawn at night – water plays a vital role to our lives in Southern California. But what was once considered plentiful is now in short supply. How we adapt is critical to the region and to our future. You can join the Natural History Museum for a series of discussions that will focus on the most important water issues we face in the city today.

Discover the history of water in Los Angeles. Learn about the people and the struggles. Explore the L.A. River and see what the future holds for the once-neglected waterway. Discuss the possibilities of surviving a hotter Los Angeles and how to create a harmony with our region’s natural resources.

SERIES MODERATOR: Jon Christensen, editor of Boom: A Journal of California and senior researcher at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA

6:30 PM: Doors open (please use North Entrance)
7 PM: Discussion, followed by Q&A
8 PM: Visit the Just Add Water exhibit and the Nature Gardens

Series Info

Thursday, July 10th:  Splendor in the Grass
From our backyards to the metropolis as garden, we look at how to create habitat for people and nature, and the lessons we can learn from other Mediterranean lands.

PANELISTS: Carol Bornstein, Director of the Nature Gardens at NHM, Emily Green, Journalist and Blogger of "Chance of Rain", Pamela Berstler, Founder and Managing Member of G3, Green Gardens Group

Thursday, July 17th: The River Runs Through It
We explore the L.A. River — the vibrant, diverse, concrete and green, watery centerpiece of the new L.A. of the 21st century and its changing relationship to water.

PANELISTS: Lila Higgins, Manager of Citizen Science and Live Animals at NHM, Lewis MacAdams, Co-founder of the Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR), Allison Carruth, Associate Professor in the Department of English at UCLA and author of "Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food"

Thursday, July 24th: Chinatown, Revisited
Take another look at where our water comes from, how imported water transformed L.A., and the current impact of the statewide drought on our lives.

PANELISTS: Lauren Bon, Metabolic Studio, Jim McDaniel, Senior Assistant General Manager at LADWP, Rob Reynolds, Artist

Thursday, July 31st: Water Wars
We learn about the people and struggles that have made our water systems cleaner, healthier, safer for all, from Mono Lake to South and East L.A.

PANELISTS: Mark Gold, IoES Associate Director, Coastal Center Director, and Adjunct Professor at UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability,  Elsa Lopez, Manager Public Affairs, Water Replenishment District of So. California, Mary Pardo, Professor of Chicana/o Studies at California State University, Northridge, Ed Reyes, Former Los Angeles City Councilman

Thursday, August 7th: Some Like It Hot
How to survive and thrive in a hotter L.A., and adapt to climate change and increasingly stressed water supplies, all while creating a more livable, vibrant city.

PANELISTS: Alex Hall, Professor at UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Frances Anderton, Host of KCRW's "DnA: Design & Architecture", Dr. John Harris, Chief Curator at the Page Museum and Head of Vertebrate Studies at NHM

Friday, August 8th: Free Screening of Patagonia film, "Damnation"
Advanced Reservations Required
Co-presented by UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

You can join NHM for a free screening of Patagonia’s film, "Damnation."
First: Bring a picnic and get comfy in our Nature Gardens
Second: Embark on a film odyssey that explores the change in national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders, to the growing awareness that our futures are bound to the life and health of our rivers.  Includes a brief panel discussion, prior to the screening, moderated by scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olsen.

About the sponsor:
The mission of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is to inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds.

The NHM has amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history — more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. Its curatorial staff not only cares for those collections, but uses them for scientific and historic research. The Museum also curates new, immersive exhibitions that give visitors the opportunity to explore the “big picture” of our planet — specimens and objects, the stories behind them, and the increasing interrelatedness of the natural and cultural worlds.