Can music help negotiate the politics of water?

Musicians representing eleven Nile river basin countries brought their diverse styles to Stanford University for a global conversation about water and sustainability, a topic that still resonates with Californians amidst the drought. In addition to events across the Stanford University campus, a powerful performance by The Nile Project took place on February 18, 2015 in Bing Concert Hall.

About The Nile Project


Past Live Context Events: The Nile Project

Public Talk | Mapping the Nile
Wed, February 11, 5:00pm
Green Library, Bender Room

Stanford Professor Grant Parker used rare maps from Stanford's Special Collections to reveal various representations and perceptions of the Nile.

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Panel | Women of the Nile: An Untapped Resource
Wed, February 18, 12:00pm 
Stanford Black Community Services Center

Nile Project musicians and Stanford experts come together in a lively lunchtime talk about the roles women play in community water conservation in East Africa. Food provided. 

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Performance | The Nile Project
Wed, February 18, 7:30pm
Bing Concert Hall

A pan-African percussion section drives the potent music of the Nile Project, a group focused on the ecological sustainability of that critical, history-rich waterway. 

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Conversation | The Harmony of Peace, Music, and Water
Wed, February 18, 5:00pm
Bing Concert Hall Studio

Nile Project founder and ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis leads a group discussion with Stanford experts in policy, ecology, and social change including Buzz Thompson, Director of Stanford's Woods Institute. 

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Other resources and projects

Stanford University Resources

Maps of the Nile in Stanford Library’s “Maps of Africa” Collection site 
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment’s Water in the West

Other Resources

WEBSITE: Nile Basin Initiative
WEBSITE: Global Women's Water Initiative

Suggested Reading

The Nile: Histories, Cultures, Myths edited by Erlich Gershoni
The Nile: A Journey Downriver through Egypt’s Past and Present by Toby Wilkinson
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner