Just Add Water: The Discussions

Presented by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in conjunction with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Boom: A Journal of California

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exposition Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90007

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. Join us 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. 

For more information, a complete list of lecture panelists and to purchase tickets, visit nhm.org or 213.763.DINO


$10 Nonmember/$8 Members - TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

*To purchase the series (5 discussions) at a discount $40 Nonmember/$36 Members, call 213-763-3499


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

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.
Carol Bornstein, Director of the Nature Gardens at NHM
Emily GreenJournalist 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.
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 Caruth, Associate Professor in the Department of English at UCLA

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.
Lauren Bon, Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Foundation and Metabolic Studio
Jim McDaniel, Senior Assistant General Manager at LADWP
Rob Reynolds, Artist
Pat Morrison of the LA Times

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.
Mark Gold, IoES Acting Director, Coastal Center Director, and Adjunct Professor at UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Elsa LopezManager Public Affairs, Water Replenishment District of So. California,
Mary PardoProfessor of Chicana/o Studies at California State University, Northridge,
Ed ReyesFormer 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.

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 – please check back soon to RSVP

Co-presented by UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

Join us for a free screening of Patagonia’s film, DAMNATION. First: Bring a picnic and get comfy in our Nature Gardens Second: Embark on a powerful film odyssey that explores the change in our 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. We’ll have a brief panel discussion, prior to the screening, moderated by scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olsen.