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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

Final Voyages Presentation Features Mina Girgis, Nile Project

March 15, 2017

By Lacey L. Gray
Director of Marketing and Communications
Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

Mina Girgis

Life depends on the availability of water. How can individuals become more involved in the management of this precious and limited resource? East Carolina University’s 10th anniversary season of the Voyages of Discovery Series will culminate with a discussion by Mina Girgis, producer and CEO of the Nile Project, followed by a musical demonstration by Nile Project artists at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6 in Wright Auditorium.

Through his discussion “Citizen Diplomacy & Transboundary Water Conflicts,” Girgis will set the stage by explaining how environmental, economic and political factors have contributed to the Nile water conflict. By understanding this transboundary challenge as a problem requiring an innovative solution, the audience is invited to explore the creative challenges inherent in water conflict transformation.

Following the discussion, members of the Nile Project – artists from the 11 Nile basin countries, representing more than 400 million people – will combine their diverse musical styles to unearth a new Nile sound without compromising the integrity of various age-old traditions. During this interactive demonstration, Nile Project artists use music to engage the audience, challenging them to connect to the world’s longest river and explore new approaches to its social, cultural and environmental problems.

Nile Project musicians relate how they use their collective creative process to persuade diplomats and water professionals in finding win-win solutions to hydro-political conflicts. Performances serve as a blueprint for new ways in which Nile citizens can organize themselves in order to transform the Nile from a geopolitical argument to an opportunity for cooperation.

Co-sponsors of the April 6 presentation include the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences; ECU’s Division of Academic Affairs; Division of Health Sciences; Division of Research, Economic Development, and Engagement; Division of Student Affairs; College of Fine Arts and Communication; and the Honors College.

Tickets for the event are $10 and may be purchased through the ECU Central Ticket Office by calling 1-800-ECU-ARTS (1-800-328-2787), or by visiting www.ecu.edu/voyages/tickets.cfm. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.

The evening’s presentation is a Wellness Passport Event and is free for ECU students. Tickets are required. To receive a free ticket, ECU students must go to the ECU Central Ticket Office, located in Mendenhall Student Center, and present his or her ECU One Card.

To learn more about the Nile Project, visit http://nileproject.org. For additional information about the Voyages series and its speakers, visit www.ecu.edu/voyages.