Fluid Thinking: Water Justice in a Changing Climate

Fluid Thinking: Water Justice in a Changing Climate

MBGNA Auditorium + Patio Terrace (Botanical Gardens), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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"The study of water ethics and justice is inherently without boundaries; it moves among various connected disciplines, such as philosophy, law, history, engineering, and geography. This event brings together academic professionals, policy experts, other practitioners, and the general public to discuss this most pressing issue. The transdisciplinary nature of water justice requires study that intersects ethical, scientific, cultural, and justice-related themes and concerns which are reflected in the presentations and discussions of this symposium. Our opportune location at the US-Canada border lends itself to vibrant study of water ethics, justice, governance, and management in each respective country, as well as between them. Further, this event brings together professionals to discuss these water issues in the face of climate change and the implications for cross-border/transboundary water governance."

Cost: $20 (credit card payment instructions will be provided in the confirmation email)

Complimentary Parking will be provided (details will be provided in the confirmation email)

In order to register, you need to login using your U-M credentials. External participants without a U-M account, please create a U-M Friend Account. If you have complications registering as a non University of Michigan member, please contact Ivana Holmes at ivholmes@umich.edu.


9:00 - 9:30 am Participants arrive and register
9:30 - 10:15 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:15 - 10:30 am  Break
10:30 - noon

Session One: Water, Law, and Human Rights (Session Moderator: Dr. Cameron Fioret) 

  • Prof. Nancy Doubleday, McMaster University
  • Prof. Oday Salim, U-M Environmental Law Sustainability Clinic
  • Prof. Peter Hammer, Wayne State University
  • Monica Lewis-Patrick, We the People of Detroit Research Collective (Respondent)
    noon - 1 pm Lunch break/networking
    1:00 - 2:30 pm

    Session Two: Multi-Level Governance and Water Justice (Session Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Read)

    • Prof. Noah Hall, Wayne State Law
    • Lana Pollack, Former US Co-Chair, International Joint Commission (IJC)
    • Seth Moore, Director Biology and Environment, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
    • David Burden, IJC Great Lakes Regional Office Director (Respondent)
    2:30 - 3:00 pm  Afternoon break networking
    3:00 - 4:30 pm

    Session Three: Water Commodification and Privatization (Session Moderator: Dr. Sara Hughes)

    • Dr. Janice Beecher, Michigan State University
    • Amanda Nothaft, Poverty Solutions, University of Michigan
    • Liz Kirkwood, Director, For Love of Water
    • Jon Allan, Academic and Research Program Officer Sr., University of Michigan (Respondent) 
    4:30 - 4:45 pm Wrap up and Thank you