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Beyond the Brink

September 11, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Everyone is invited to a screening of the documentary "Beyond the Brink," featuring UC Merced researchers, and dealing with California water and global food security. A panel discussion with water, soil and agriculture experts will follow.

The event takes place starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Room 120 in the new Arts & Computational Sciences Building.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

There will be free food, and admission is free.

Campus map with ACS building circled in pink:

Public parking available in the Bellevue Lot.

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The movie "Beyond the Brink" was produced during the worst drought in California's recorded history. The film focuses on the water-and-food nexus in California's San Joaquin Valley, an agricultural region growing food that is consumed by people across the world. The film explores issues surrounding the connectivity of upstream water sources and downstream water users, California's current water and agricultural infrastructure, and the impacts of water shortages on food security, local economies, and global societies. Filmmaker Jim Thebaut will be at this event!

Discussion panelists include:
1) UC Merced School of Natural Sciences Professor Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, a soil scientist who recently delivered a TED Talk:

2) UC Merced School of Engineering Professor Martha Conklin, a hydrologist who is featured in the film "Beyond the Brink" and in other videos on UCTV Sustainable California:

3) Bowles Farming Company, Inc. President/CEO Cannon Michael, a sixth-generation family farmer from Los Banos and Fresno featured in "Beyond the Brink," and an advocate for environmental stewardship, ethical treatment of workers and sustainable production

4) Sierra Nevada Research Institute Executive Director Armando Quintero, chair of the California Water Commission and our discussion moderator for the evening

The panel will take a few questions from the audience too.

This movie and discussion night is sponsored by the NSF-funded Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory and a Let's Talk About Water award from the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, with support from the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at UC Merced.

Have questions? Contact Michelle Gilmore at


UC Merced Campus, Arts and Computational Sciences Building, Room 120

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Sierra Nevada Research Institute