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June 21, 2017 | 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Category: Conference
Location: Student Center Ballroom | Map
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free!
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students

Special Session: Detroit Water Wars: Empire and Ecology in the Postindustrial Heartland (12:15-1:30 p.m., Student Center Ballroom)

In 2014, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan attracted national attention. To save money, the city's Emergency Manager connected its water supply to the Flint River, resulting in widespread lead poisoning as the pipes corroded. Environmental injustice driven by economic austerity, racism, and anti-democratic governance reared its head in Detroit, too, as citizens confront the city's threat to cut off household water
due to unpaid bills. The organizers of this conference were determined to represent this struggle here. We are honored to present this special session featuring activists and scientists on the front lines of the Detroit resistance. Feel free to bring a snack or lunch.

Detroit Water Wars: Empire and Ecology in the Postindustrial Heartland
Panel Chair: David Watson, Cranbrook Schools

David Pitts, Wayne State University, CECs, EDCs, PPCPs as Water Contaminants -Should We be Concerned?

David Watson, Cranbrook Schools, Ecology and Empire in the Great Lakes: A Brief History

Donna Kashian, Wayne State University, History of Contaminants and the Field of Ecotoxicology

Maureen D. Taylor, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Dry In Detroit–A Great Lakes Tragedy

Monica Lewis-Patrick, We the People of Detroit Research Collective, We the People of Detroit: Community Responses to the Water Crisis

William Copeland, East Michigan Environmental Action Council, Creative Forces in Detroit's Human Rights Struggle

For more information about this event, please contact Elena Past at 313-577-9554 or elenapast@wayne.edu.