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By Gary Budzak


Ohio Wesleyan University’s 30th annual Sagan National Colloquium explores “H2OWU: Water in Our World.”

“We invite the public to come, listen, and be involved in discussions about water,” OWU spokesman Cole Hatcher told The Gazette. “There are so many different issues involving water and its importance to the planet. We do look at it from so many different perspectives.”

The events are typically held at 7 p.m. in the Benes Rooms of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

The initial presentation will be given Sept. 4 by Donovan Hohn, author of the best-selling book “Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them.”

Hohn’s book will also be discussed at an OWU faculty roundtable on Sept. 9.

Other events include:

Freshwater activist Sandra Postel, author of the award-winning book Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity, will speak Sept. 23.

Ohio University professor John Sabraw discusses his artwork, which is derived from pollutants in water, on Sept. 30 at Phillips Auditorium, 50 S. Henry St. His art will be on view at Gallery 2001 inside Beeghly Library, 45 Rowland Ave.

Ellen Wohl of Colorado State University discusses Ohio’s rivers on Oct. 7.

Sharon Day of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force discusses the Ohio River on Oct. 21.

Dolly Jorgensen of the European Society for Environmental History discusses converting decommissioned offshore oil rig into artificial reefs on Nov. 4.

David Sedlack of the Berkeley Water Center discusses his new book on water infrastructure called Water 4.0 on Nov. 11.

Robert Jackson of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment will discuss water systems and hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” on Nov. 19.

Stockholm Water Prize winner Rita Colwell discusses water and global infectious diseases on Dec. 3

Award-winning historian John McNeill discusses a “History of the Hydrosphere.”

“We will welcome to campus a broad, multi-disciplinary set of visitors and speakers to illustrate the many different ways that water affects the world and that water can be studied, discussed, and transformed,” Ellen Arnold, OWU professor and director of this year’s Colloquium, said in a statement.

For more information, visit http://snc.owu.edu.

Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.

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