Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy


The Flint Michigan Water Crisis: Miracle or Disaster?

John Pappajohn Business Building, Room W10
Thursday, October 27th, 2016 7:00 PM
Marc Edwards

The Public Policy Center will co-sponsor a lecture by Marc Edwards, environmental engineer and water activist. Edwards will present the Richard L. Valentine Distinguished Lecture, "The Flint Michigan Water Crisis: Miracle or Disaster?" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27. Edwards' lecture is part of the PPC's Run Up to the 2016 Election series.

This event is free and open to the public.

Edwards and his colleague, Mona Hanna-Attisha, were recently named to Time Magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People” as a reflection of their publicly engaged scholarship during the Flint Michigan water crisis. Edwards previously researched the elevated lead levels in the drinking water of Washington, D.C. and Edwards publicly discredited a scientifically indefensible report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that seemingly attempted to cover-up the issue.

Edwards was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007 for “playing a vital role in ensuring the safety of drinking water and in exposing deteriorating water-delivery infrastructure in America’s largest cities”.

He was recently featured in the New York Times Magazine, "Flint's Water Crisis and the 'Troublemaker' Scientist."

Edwards' lecture is also a part of the Creative Matters lecture series. More information about the Creative Matters series is available here

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