Graham Sustainability Institute

Scientists Discuss the Recent Water Crisis in Detroit and the Human Right to Water

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Water Center Monthly Lunch Presentation and Discussion:

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The Water Crisis in Detroit and the Human Right to Water 
Tuesday, March 24th, 12:00-1:00 pm
U-M Water Center
214 S. State St. Graham Sustainability Institute North Bldg
(Enter near Sava’s Restaurant)

  • Wren Montgomery, PhD candidate, Queen’s School of Business, Kingston University and visiting scholar at the U-M Erb Institute;  and
  • Dan Zhao, PhD candidate, U-M Ross School of Business
The Water Center is hosting presentations and facilitating a discussion about findings from field-research conducted by Wren Montgomery and Dan Zhao on the recent water crisis in Detroit. Montgomery and Zhao expect their efforts will provide insights about water privatization, commodification and the human right to water.  
About the Water Center:
Established in 2012, the University of Michigan (U-M) Water Center was with a grant from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and funding from the U-M Provost Office to conduct collaborative science, supporting Great Lakes restoration. The Water Center is coordinating the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Water Center is part of the U-M Graham Sustainability Institute, which fosters sustainability through translational science, transformative learning, and campus leadership. See:

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Contact: Elizabeth LaPorte, Science Outreach Manager: 734-647-6227,