Events

June 2018

 

State of Drought: Conversations on the Future of Water in Texas

Date: June 26, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

The new book A Thirsty Land delves into the water challenges faced by Texas and the nation. Author Seamus McGraw talks to farmers, ranchers, businesspeople, and citizen activists, as well as to politicians and government employees, for stories provide chilling evidence that Texas—and the nation—is not ready for the next devastating drought, the next catastrophic flood.

Texas Observer editor Forrest Forrest Wilder, rural reporter Christopher Collins, environmental reporter Naveena Sadasivam and McGraw will discuss Texas’ convoluted and outdated water policy

More information online and at the Facebook event page.

Location: Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande St., Austin, 78705

Screening of “Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry” with Laura Dunn

Date: July 31, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Austin filmmaker Laura Dunn explores the work of Wendell Berry in her documentary “Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry.” The film revolves around stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky, who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community.

In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies, and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion, and debt. Berry has watched this struggle unfold, becoming one of its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life.

Dunn will answer questions after the screening, which is sponsored by the Multicultural Refugee Coalition and its New Leaf Refugee Agriculture project. MRC staff members will join the conversation about regenerative agriculture.

Tickets are available online.

For more information, contact Laura Robinson, lrobinson@mrcaustin.org.

Location: Alamo Drafthouse, 5701 W Slaughter Lane, Austin, 78749

Doctors for Global Health

Date: August 4, 2018
Time: 8:30 am  to  4:00 pm

Doctors for Global Health will hold its General Assembly in Austin, with speakers and panels on “Defending Reproductive Justice and Immigrant Lives.” Speakers will include Andrea Ferrigno, vice president of Whole Woman’s Health; Janet Realini, founder of Healthy Futures of Texas and former chair of the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition; Paula X. Riojas, midwife and cofounder of Mama Sana Vibrant Woman; Darline Turner, founder of Mamas on Bed Rest; Del Garcia, director of international projects for Migrant Clinicians Network; and Elissa Steglich, University of Texas Immigration Law Clinic.

More information and registration online.

Location: Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St., Austin, 78702

Doctors for Global Health

Date: August 5, 2018
Time: 9:00 am  to  12:15 pm

Doctors for Global Health will hold its General Assembly in Austin, with speakers and panels on “Defending Reproductive Justice and Immigrant Lives.” Speakers will include Andrea Ferrigno, vice president of Whole Woman’s Health; Janet Realini, founder of Healthy Futures of Texas and former chair of the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition; Paula X. Riojas, midwife and cofounder of Mama Sana Vibrant Woman; Darline Turner, founder of Mamas on Bed Rest; Del Garcia, director of international projects for Migrant Clinicians Network; and Elissa Steglich, University of Texas Immigration Law Clinic.

More information and registration online.

Location: Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St., Austin, 78702