Free Showing of Environmental Docudrama “Het Verloren Land” to be Held Feb. 20

February 14, 2010

Tim Lucas, 919-613-8084,

DURHAM, N.C. – A free public showing of the provocative docudrama “Het Verloren Land” will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

The 90-minute film, set in the Netherlands in the year 2070, imagines what the future consequences of inaction today on climate change might be for the low-lying nation and its people. The film’s English title is “Before the Flood,” a reference to the devastating storms and flooding it depicts.

William L. Chameides, dean of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, will lead a post-film panel discussion on art, science and communication, and the role art can play in communicating environmental issues and concepts to the public.

Other panelists include: Larry Band, director of UNC-CH’s Institute for the Environment; Rick Hooper, president and executive director of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc.; Linwood Pendleton, director of ocean and coastal policy at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke; and Victoria Szabo, program director for Information Science + Information Studies in Duke’s Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies.

Contact Bill Holman at the Nicholas Institute ( or William Noland at the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies ( for more information.