College of Wooster to Host International Water Conference

Gathering sponsored by Global Liberal Arts Alliance

June 18, 2013 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio, June 18, 2013 – Two dozen scholars from liberal arts colleges around the world will gather on The College of Wooster campus from June 24 to 27 for an International Water Conference, sponsored by the Global Liberal Arts Alliance.

Participants include faculty from the American University of Nigeria, Forman Christian College in Pakistan, Al Akhawayn University in Morocco, DePauw University, Oberlin College, The College of Wooster, and others. 

The conference will bring together faculty from a number of disciplines to share their knowledge and experience, and to develop new course and research collaborations around different aspects of the emerging challenge of global water supply. According to the United Nations, more people die from water- and sanitation-related diseases than from all forms of violence, including war, and it is expected that tensions over this increasingly scarce resource will rise in the coming years.

Conference participants will present research on a range of related issues, from water resource challenges in Lebanon to advanced green infrastructure designs for storm water runoff treatment. They also will share their teaching approaches, course syllabi, and other resources for engaging students in the national, health, scientific, public policy, and economic dimensions of this complex issue.

The Global Liberal Arts Alliance is a multilateral partnership of equals intended to strengthen education in the liberal arts and sciences. The Great Lakes Colleges Association is the founder and administrator of the GLAA.

The College of Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. By working one-on-one with a faculty adviser to conceive, organize, and complete an original research project, written work, performance or art exhibit, every Wooster student develops independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.