Graduate Student, M. Anwar Sounny-Slitine, served as a panelist for a screening and discussion of the documentary Crossing Borders at the Texas Union. The event was sponsored by the International office of The University of Texas at Austin which featured the seventy minute documentary that followed four Moroccan and four American university students as they travel together through Morocco. The film explored the group’s frank discussions, in which the students confront the complex implications of the supposed "clash of civilizations" between Islam and the West. After the screening of the film, Sounny-Slitine and other UT affiliated students, faculty, and staff had a discussion about this complex issue of international relations and islamophobia.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
The three and a half mile Hornsby Bend, which is owned by the City of Austin, is also the home of Austin's Biosolids Management Plant, which processes two-thirds of the city's solid waste. From tap to toilet, Anderson explained how the city disposes of waste water and how what we see as sewage can be sterilized and recycled into compost rather than being dumped in landfills. Even urban water systems have a unique ecology that must be carefully managed.
The take-home message: even urban areas have unique ecologies that are constantly changing and adapting to climatic and human pressures. All one needs to do is take a close look around to see that not all is in fact lost.