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New series spotlights water issues with films, discussions

A first-time series of films and talks highlighting water issues is set for February and March.

Organized by Matt Gribble, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health in the Rollins School of Public Health, the series is co-sponsored by the Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods (QuanTM).

All events will be at 5:30 p.m. in Room 1000 of the Claudia Nance Rollins Building.

The series debuts Thursday, Feb. 2. The guest speaker will be Brian Hughes from the U.S. Geological Survey on “Water Challenges in the Southeast USA — the 'Tri-state Water Wars.'”  A film, “Chasing Water” (19 minutes) about the drying up of the Colorado River, will be shown. 

The other events include the following:

  • Friday, Feb. 10: Taylor Spicer from Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives will give a presentation on Emory’s WaterHub. The film will be “H20mx” (82 minutes), looking at the challenges of supplying water to Mexico City.
  • Thursday, March 2: Gordon Newby, Goodrich C. White Professor of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, will discuss water conflicts in the Middle East. The film “Blue Gold, Global Water Wars” (89 minutes) will explore conflicts related to water scarcity.
  • Thursday, March 30: “Thirst” (60 minutes), about globalization and privatization of water supplies, will be screened, followed by a closing discussion with panelists from Emory’s Center for Global Safe WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene).

The events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. 

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