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Water, Health and Society

Seminar Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

Tim Ford

VP for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies

Water shapes our culture, grows our food, frames our religions, sickens us, heals us and causes our conflicts. We understand that water is a necessity, but is it a human right? This seminar will examine the role of water in both developed and less-developed nations, and pose some critical questions about our stewardship of this essential resource.


Tim Ford is VP for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at UNE. He was founding director of the program in water and health at the Harvard School of public health and has conducted research on water and health in many different parts of the world. He has written extensively about this field in the scientific literature over the past 25 years.

Assigned Reading

Robert D. Morris, The Blue Death: Disease, Disaster, and the Water We Drink, Harper Collins, 2007.


A reception will be held at 5pm at the UNE Art Gallery


Center for Global Humanities


(207) 221-4335

6:00 PM
WCHP Lecture Hall

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public