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Citizen Science Program Presents

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Lecture by Charles Fishman
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
2:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Author of One Giant Leap, A Curious Mind (with Brian Grazer), The Wal-Mart Effect, and The Big Thirst
Water never really disappears—it just gets recycled and reused. However, water shortages can occur when and where water is used at a rate faster than it can be naturally cleaned. Manmade processes exist to clean water, but according to Fishman, cleaning it too much can make it dangerous to consume. That’s why, according to the author, “the era of easy water is over.”

In the last four years, Charles Fishman has become one of the most forceful, challenging, and inspiring public voices on water issues, speaking everywhere from MIT and UCLA to the Hershey Company and the U.S. State Department.

Fishman’s book The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water has become the best-selling water book in a generation, and is changing how people think about water, and how they manage it. The Big Thirst does something few water books do: it restores a sense of wonder about water, along with a sense of urgency.

Fishman is a former reporter for the Washington Post and has won numerous awards for his work, including three Gerald Loeb Awards; presented by UCLA, it is the most prestigious award in business journalism. He is the author of two other New York Times bestsellers: The Wal-Mart Effect, about Wal-Mart’s impact on how we live; and the #1 NYT bestseller A Curious Mind, about the power of curiosity, with Hollywood producer Brian Grazer.

Fishman grew up in Miami, Florida, and graduated from Harvard. After a stint in Mexico City, he now lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, also a journalist, their two children, and their two Labradors. A two-foot-wide creek runs through his backyard.

For more information, call 845-758-7490, or e-mail

Time: 2:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Location: Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater