|Salzman to deliver lecture on the history of drinking water Jan. 31|
|Monday, January 14, 2013|
James Salzman, author of “Drinking Water: A History,” will deliver a free public lecture on the topic Jan. 31 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the fourth floor conference room of the FedEx Global Education Center.
Salzman, the Samuel Mordecai Chair in the School of Law and the Nicholas Institute Professor Chair in the School of the Environment at Duke University, has written extensively on the topics of environmental conservation, population growth and climate change. His book about the history of drinking water has received critical acclaim for its humor, detail, depth and breadth. Salzman will deliver the lecture as part of the Global Research Institute’s Water in our World Speaker Series and the research theme “Making Scarce Water Work for All.”
This theme dovetails with UNC’s pan-university water theme, which aims to energize and guide activity across diverse schools, programs, centers and institutes during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years to develop a better understanding of the critical global challenges of managing water availability and quality, and to spark new ideas for sound solutions.
Salzman delves into issues related to pollution, recent technologies like fracking, and the historic quest for drinkable water, from the construction of Roman aqueducts to Ponce de Leon’s expedition for the fabled Fountain of Youth.