“The Water Wars” To Be Focus of Environmental Writers Conference at Boston University

in College of Communication, News Releases, Science & Technology
November 4th, 2003

Contact: Ann Marie Menting, 617/353-2240 | amenting@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass) — The Knight Center for Science and Medical Journalism in Boston University’s College of Communication and the New England Aquarium are co-hosting a two-day conference for environmental writers on November 14 and 15. Titled “The Water Wars,” the conference will focus on issues of water exploitation and water loss worldwide.

The Aquarium will be the site of conference activities on November 14. An afternoon reading by four authors and a discussion of the role of water as a source of inspiration for art and literature will be followed by an evening showing of the PBS documentary, “Water’s Journey,” in the Aquarium’s IMAX Theatre. This documentary examines how human activity adversely affects groundwater in Florida’s aquifer. The showing will be followed by a discussion with filmmakers Jill Heinerth and Wes Stiles, who also is a photographer for National Geographic magazine. The Aquarium events are free to the public. Reservations for the IMAX showing are required and can be made by calling 617/973-5295.

Boston University will host conference participants on November 15 at its College of Communication. Three panels of experts will address issues involving fresh water resources: the right to clean water, the politics of water in Florida, and the environmental history of the Mississippi River. The day-long event is free and will include lunch and a reception. Advanced registration is required and can be submitted online at http://www.bu.edu/com/jo/science/index.htm.

EVENT:The Knight Center for Science and Medical Journalism and the New England Aquarium
The Water Wars, Environmental Writers’ Conference: Fall 2003

DATE: Friday, November 14 at New England Aquarium
Saturday, November 15 at Boston University

TIME: Friday: 3 – 4:30 p.m. (readings); 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. (film and discussion) Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. (panels, lunch); 4 – 5:30 p.m. (reception)

PLACE: New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, Mass.
Knight Center for Science and Medical Journalism, 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston University, Boston, Mass.

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