Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

EARTH MONTH: Luskin Innovators Speaker Series – James Salzman

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



Registration Required.

You are invited to join the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and The Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in welcoming James Salzman, as he discusses his new book, Drinking Water: A History, over lunch and refreshments.

James Salzman, Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, UCLA Law
J.R. DeShazo, Director and Professor, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Stephanie Pincetl, Director and Professor-in-Residence, California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA
Noah Garrison, Environmental Science Practicum Director, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Chris Solek, Programs Director and Senior Scientist, Council for Watershed Health

When 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. Read more here.


Jim 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. Read more here.



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


Luskin School of Public Affairs
View Organizer Website


Luskin School of Public Affairs, room 2355
UCLA + Google Map