Water Insecurity: Reporting on a Global Crisis

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City native J. Carl Ganter, photojournalist and co-founder of Circle of Blue, will discuss "Water Insecurity: Reporting on a Global Crisis" at the first International Affairs Forum lecture of the 2015-16 season, set for 6 p.m. Sept. 17 in Milliken Auditorium.

The global competition for water, food and energy has become one of the world’s most dangerous crises. Major global aquifers are declining at an alarming rate while, across California and the American West, an epic drought is upending long-held assumptions about water supply and growth. Access to water has already spawned regional conflicts and the competition grows apace with the urbanization of India, China and beyond.

How companies, governments, and people respond to these risks that could disrupt supply chains, political stability, and cultures is the topic of Ganter’s discussion. He will take you on a journey to front lines of the world’s water crises and reveal how urgent challenges involving water insecurity are sometimes meeting innovative solutions – and sometimes not.

Co-founded by Ganter in 2000, Circle of Blue is an internationally recognized center for original frontline reporting, research, and analysis on resource issues with a focus on the intersection between water, food, and energy. Ganter earned his MSJ in investigative and magazine writing at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A n award-winning photojournalist, reporter and broadcaster, he is also is vice-chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water Security .

The IAF is affiliated with NMC and the World Affairs Council of America. All lectures are held in the Dennos Museum Center's Milliken Auditorium on the NMC campus at 6 p.m., with a reception prior to the lecture from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Admission is free to all students and educators, and $10 for others. Subscriber tickets for the entire season are available; visit www.tciaf.com or call (231) 995-1700 for more information.

IAF lectures are rebroadcast on UpNorth TV public access cable television three times a week, and available online for streaming on demand. Board members also produce “Beyond the Headlines,” a roundtable-style interview program that focuses on current foreign affairs issues and airs on UpNorth TV.

RELEASE DATE: September 10, 2015


Karen Segal
International Affairs Forum co-chair
(231) 715-6064


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