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Musical collaboration and water cooperation (efforts to share this precious resource equitably) will be the topic of a lecture demonstration during the artists’ Wilmington residency, as well as a panel discussion at the Center for Marine Science. Both will feature faculty who research the Cape Fear River. The longest river system in North Carolina, the Cape Fear has many similarities to the Nile, albeit on a smaller scale. The residency also invites our community to a day of workshops about water and food sustainability, music and dance of the Nile region and river stories. We’re thrilled to be organizing student-focused discussions about identity in the Nile Basin. Details about these activities and others will be posted at www.uncw.edu/presents.

The Nile Project brings together artists from the 11 Nile countries, representing more than 400 million people, to make new music that combines the rich diversity of one of the oldest places on Earth.

My great hope for this residency is that our entire campus community will experience how the arts are relevant – often in surprising ways – to all areas of study, especially as a tool for increasing cooperation. Using music as a source of inspiration, we can open rivers of knowledge to address the world’s most difficult problems. Kristen Brogdon is the director of the Office of the Arts. She oversees arts programming in Kenan Auditorium and collaborates with UNCW’s five art-based academic departments and student-supported units. For more information on The Nile Project, visit www.nileproject.org.

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UNCW Magazine Fall/Winter 2016