RIT Gannett Lecture Will Explore the World's Future Water Supply, Feb. 3




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Growing concern about access to the world's supply of fresh water will be the topic of the next Caroline Werner Gannett Lecture at Rochester Institute of Technology.

RIT professor M. Ann Howard will present, “Water, Water Everywhere: Will You Have a Drop to Drink?,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, in Webb Auditorium in the James E. Booth Building on the RIT campus.

Howard is an associate professor of public policy and science technology and society in RIT's College of Liberal Arts.

“Access to fresh water is a critical issue for sustainable development in the 21st century,” says Paul Grebinger, Gannett lecturer and coordinator of Senior Seminar at RIT. “Is water a commodity or a human right? As a commodity access will become increasingly restricted and dependent on ability to pay for it.”

Following the talk will be a discussion led by Marion Balyszak, interim director of the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the executive director of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association Inc., and William Larsen, social activist and associate professor of civil engineering technology in RIT's College of Applied Science and Technology.

For more information call 585-475-2057 or visit www.rit.edu/gannettseries, where the lecture will be available online.