engineering crew working on beach refurbishing project

Coastal Community Resiliency Seminar Series

Upcoming Seminar

Changing Demography of North Carolina's Coastal Communities

February 18, 2020
6:30 p.m. at the Hannah S. Block Community Center (120 S. 2nd St., Wilmington, NC 28401)
Free and open to all

The fifth installment of the Coastal Community Resiliency Series is co-sponsored by the Cape Fear Council of Governments. Dr. James Johnson of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School will discuss how demographic transformations such as regional political realignment, changing racial and gender compositions, intergroup marriage, the aging of America, and intergenerational relationships are altering North Carolina’s and the nation’s social, economic, and political institutions.


About the Coastal Community Resiliency Seminar Series

This conversation is the first in a new monthly series of research seminars that will examine what it means to be a resilient community living in the coastal zone. UNCW and the Cape Fear Region are fully immersed in the benefits and challenges of living in the coastal zone. Those challenges crystallized when Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wilmington and lingered for several days. The resulting damage compromised the university’s mission and ability to be a community resource. As we recover, UNCW has an opportunity to be a leader in both the research and implementation of best practices in coastal community resilience. The seminar series provides opportunities to hear from local and national leaders in coastal resilience research, initiate a dialog among UNCW’s researchers and community leaders, and foster partnerships with the local community.

This monthly seminar series to highlight ongoing research, scholarship, and creative activity related to hurricanes and coastal community resiliency. Our focus is intentionally broad. In our view, a full consideration of community resiliency in the coastal zone refers to engineering solutions to protect from storms and climate change, public policy that promotes stewardship and sustainability, the ecological services provided by living resources, and human institutions that protect and sustain the physical and mental health of communities following times of distress.