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Int'l expert on water quality & effects, Dr. Peter Gleick, to speak Thurs. March 26th

Dr. Peter H. Gleick

The connections between access to water, gender, security, environment and human rights will be the subject of a talk by Dr. Peter H. Gleick on Thursday March 26th in the Rutgers University Libraries. The talk will take place in the Scholarly Communication Center, on the fourth floor of Alexander Library in New Brunswick, starting at 5:30 pm. A poster presentation and reception will precede the talk, at 4:30 pm.

Recipient of the prestigious MacArthur fellowship, Dr. Gleick is the president and co-founder of the Pacific Institute in Oakland, CA. The institute monitors the quality of the world's water supply and its effect of health, climate change, industrialization, and international relations. The work of the Pacific Institute has been cited by government officials and community activists in South Africa, India, the United Nations Global Compact, and the State of California. The Pacific Institute issues the biennial report, The World's Water, which tracks international developments in water quality and their local impacts.

Dr. Gleick has received international recognition for his work with the institute. In 1999 he was elected an Academician of the International Water Academy in Oslo, Norway and in 2001 he was identified as a "visionary on the environment" by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). In 2006 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. Recently he was identified as one of "15 People the President Should Listen to" in Wired magazine and appointed to the World Economic Forum's Council on Water Security.

In December Dr. Gleick spoke with National Public Radio's The Takeaway show about "What President-elect Obama needs to know about water." To hear Dr. Gleick's comments, visit: [ ]

Dr. Gleick's talk on March 26th is part of a series of events organized by a committee of Rutgers librarians and teaching faculty, to focus attention on the interrelationship between human rights and environmental policy. With the arrival of a new Presidential administration, which has indicated its interest in broadening environmental protections, the Libraries see this as a uniquely propitious time to spark discussion on the impact of access to water on many vital interests.

Dr. Gleick's talk is supported by a grant from the Office of International Programs at the School of Arts and Sciences and is part of the office's year long series of events to mark the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. Cosponsors include the American Studies Department, the Office of the Dean of Students-College Ave. Campus, the Office of the Dean of Students-Cook Campus, and the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative.

To RSVP, call 732.932.7505 or send email to Those seeking assistance to park on the Rutgers campus for this event should include this request with their RSVP.

Posted March 3, 2009