Luskin Innovators Speaker Series
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs | Luskin Center for Innovation
You are invited to join the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in welcoming James Salzman as he discusses his book, Drinking Water: A History, over lunch and refreshments.
Friday, April 22, 2016; 12:00pm–2:00pm
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Room 2355
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When you turn on the tap or twist the cap, you might not give a second thought to where your drinking water comes from. But how it gets from the ground to your glass is far more complex than you might think. Is it safe to drink tap water? Should you feel guilty buying bottled water? Is your water vulnerable to terrorist attacks? Considering the water contamination disaster in Flint and with springs running dry and reservoirs emptying, where is your water going to come from in the future?
In Drinking Water: A History, professor James Salzman provides answers to these questions. Bloody conflicts over control of water sources stretch as far back as the Bible yet are featured in front page headlines even today. Only fifty years ago, selling bottled water sounded as ludicrous as
selling bottled air. Salzman weaves all of these issues together to show just how complex a simple glass of water can be. His book also highlights how drinking water relates to the most pressing issues of our time- from globalization and social justice to terrorism and climate change- and how humans have been wrestling with these problems for centuries.