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Weds., June 15, at 6:00 pm: Still Hopeful: A Livestream Conversation With Maude Barlow

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A lifelong and world-renowned champion of water, Barlow has authored a book built on her career of activism. Its title, appropriately, is Still Hopeful: Lessons from a Lifetime of Activism. In the book, Barlow tells stories of her work on many issues, perhaps most importantly her successful advocacy of water as a human right. Resisted by many governments, this idea faced enormous challenges, but in July of 2010, the work of Barlow and allies resulted in a declaration of the human right to water by the United Nations General Assembly. The vote was 122 nations in favor, with 41 abstentions—no nation voted against the resolution.

“Hope often defies logic and gives us the strength to continue when all the ‘facts’ tell us things are hopeless,” Barlow writes. “Hope helps us to put one foot in front of the other when despair would tell us not to move.”

FLOW Executive Director Liz Kirkwood will lead the conversation with Barlow, following a video tribute by FLOW founder Jim Olson, a dear friend of Maude Barlow.

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January 23 to May 29: The Dennos Museum Center Hosts “Stay Healthy and Strong” Exhibition

How do we as individuals or as a species respond and rebuild after an event such as a hurricane or a global pandemic have dramatically changed our lives? How does the abundance of scientific data facilitate or complicate our own sense of resilience in the face of these global threats?

In her “Stay Healthy and Strong” exhibition at Northwestern Michigan College’s Dennos Museum Center from January 23-May 29, Nathalie Miebach explores the human response related to extreme weather patterns and the COVID-19 pandemic through the translation of scientific data into woven sculptures, installations and musical scores. This exhibition includes works focused on COVID-19 data and natural disasters that have taken place before and during the pandemic.

FLOW is a sponsor of this exhibition along with Cherryland Construction, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute (GLWSI) at NMC, the NMC Art Department, the NMC Music Department, Steve and Daniel Baumgartner on behalf of the International Affairs Forum, and Steve and Ann Fisher on behalf of the International Affairs Forum.