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Following the previous webinar that explored the ideation and creation of the J-term cluster. This is a second, student-focused webinar being held after the completion of the course, to debrief and reflect on the intensity of the shared experience and the impact of J-term’s immersive pedagogy on our understanding of global challenges.

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Ahead of the Jterm classes, GEHW’s Mark Swislocki brought together Kunda Dixit, Sophia Kalantzakos and Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Education and Outreach Carol Brandt for a conversation about the ideation and creation of the J-term cluster.  A second, student-focused webinar will be held after the completion of the course, to debrief and reflect on the intensity of the shared experience and the impact of J-term’s immersive pedagogy on our understanding of global challenges.  


This webinar will dig into the particular challenges that women in the Himalayan region face, as well as the solutions that they are working towards. Leading up to COP26, this session will seek to champion the importance of just and gender-inclusive climate action. 

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The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) promises green growth in a win-win formula for China and partner states.  What is the record so far?  Are China and BRI partner states reconfiguring the global context of development?  Where do we see green growth, and where are events unfolding otherwise, either for development or sustainability?  Does the BRI model of win-win green growth have its own costs, some of which are perhaps still to be discovered? 

This panel explores these and related questions, assessing policy directions in and directives from the PRC, sharing insights from case studies across Asia, and helping us figure out which questions we should be asking next. The panelists seek to bring a diverse range of perspectives about the BRI in hopes of articulating the multiple belts, roads, and initiatives, as well as their many implications for sustainability and development. 

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With climate change accelerating, the Himalayan region is experiencing mounting pressure on shared water resources.  A combination of growing water insecurity and fraught regional geopolitics threaten the stability and prosperity of billions of people in Himalayan Asia.  Join us in conversation with David Michel (Senior Researcher, Environment of Peace 2022, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute), Sophia Kalantzakos (NYU/NYUAD), and Mark Swislocki (NYUAD).

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2021 finds us in the midst of a pandemic and a growing appreciation that the climate crisis is the biggest challenge of our time. Plans to become carbon neutral by mid-century have been announced by major economies making decarbonization urgent.  This major transformation requires unprecedented amounts of minerals as inputs and some are considered especially critical. Which ones are they? What makes them critical? Chris Berry President of House Mountain Partners, LLC and Sophia Kalantzakos, Professor at New York University/ NYU Abu Dhabi will be talking about these developments. They will discuss the complex series of challenges and opportunities that are emerging as countries around the world move to decarbonize their economies in line with their Paris commitments.  

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For decades Dawa Steven Sherpa has borne witness to the transformation of the Himalayas by climate change, tourism, and development. Dawa has also ascended Mt. Everest three times as well as four other 8000m peaks and trekked 1555km, the entire length of the Nepal Himalaya, along the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT), in 99 days. Dawa is a well-recognized adventurer, entrepreneur, and environmentalist who has also been running the Eco Everest Expeditions since 2008.

He speaks to Ruth Gamble, an environmental and cultural historian of Tibet and the Himalaya, about his activism and adventures.

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