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James Salzman to give talk on history, significance of drinking water

October 9, 2014 | Events

From the aqueducts of Rome to the revolutionary sewer system in 19th-century London to today’s state-of-the-art desalination plants, ensuring safe drinking water has always been one of society’s most important challenges.

While many people today don’t give a second thought to where their drinking water comes from, Duke University Professor James Salzman is scheduled to give a talk at the Moritz College of Law titled “Drinking Water: A History,” based on his book of the same name, where he will discuss how drinking water highlights the most pressing issues of our time—from globalization and social justice to terrorism and climate change—and how humans have wrestled with these problems for centuries.

Professor Salzman holds joint appointments at Duke University as the Samuel Fox Mordecai Professor of Law at the Law School and as the Nicholas Institute Professor of Environmental Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment. In more than eight books and seventy articles and book chapters, his broad-ranging scholarship has addressed topics spanning trade and environment conflicts, drinking water, environmental protection in the service economy, wetlands mitigation banking, and the legal and institutional issues in creating markets for ecosystem services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale College as well as a law degree and master’s degree in engineering sciences from Harvard.

Professor Salzman is scheduled to visit Moritz to deliver his talk on Nov. 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Vorys Faculty Lounge. Lunch will provided and registration for this event is requested. Please click here to register.