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Luskin Innovators: Speaker Series featuring James Salzman

April 22, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the UCLA Luskin Center in welcoming James Salzman,Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, as he discusses his
most recent book, Drinking Water: A
History, over refreshments and lunch.REGISTER HEREPanel:James Salzman, Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, UCLA LawJ.R. DeShazo, Director and Professor, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, UCLA Luskin School of Public AffairsStephanie Pincetl, Director and Professor-in-Residence, California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLANoah Garrison, Environmental Science Practicum Director, UCLA Institute of the Environment and SustainabilityChris Solek, Programs Director and Senior Scientist, Council for Watershed Health

About the Book:

you turn on the tap or twist the cap, you might not give a second thought to
where your drinking water comes from. But how it gets from the ground to your
glass is far more complex than you might think. Is it safe to drink tap water?
Should you feel guilty buying bottled water? Is your water vulnerable to
terrorist attacks? Considering the water contamination disaster in Flint and
with springs running dry and reservoirs emptying, where is your water going to
come from in the future?

In Drinking
Water: A History, professor James Salzman provides answers to these
questions. Bloody conflicts over control of water sources stretch as far back
as the Bible yet are featured in front page headlines even today. Only fifty
years ago, selling bottled water sounded as ludicrous as selling bottled air.
Salzman weaves all of these issues together to show just how complex a simple
glass of water can be. His book also highlights how drinking water relates to
the most pressing issues of our time- from globalization and social justice to
terrorism and climate change- and how humans have been wrestling with these
problems for centuries.

About the

Salzman is the Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law with
joint appointments at the environment school at UCSB and the law school at
UCLA. In more than eight books and eighty articles, his broad-ranging
scholarship has addressed topics spanning drinking water, trade and environment
conflicts, policy instrument design, and the legal and institutional issues in
creating markets for ecosystem services.  A dedicated classroom teacher,
Salzman was twice selected as Professor of the Year by students at Duke. He
frequently appears as a media commentator and has lectured on environmental
policy on every continent except Antarctica. Active in government policy
debates, he serves on both EPA’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council and
the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee (reporting to EPA and
USTR). He has served as a visiting law professor at Columbia, Harvard,
Stanford, and Yale as well as at universities in Australia, China, Israel,
Italy, Portugal, and Sweden. His most recent book, Drinking Water: A History, was
praised as a “Recommended Read” by Scientific American and is in its third


April 22, 2016
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


April 22, 2016
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm