It has been said that, “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting.” This is especially true of water politics in the American Southwest, a region defined by its lack of water. The massive 20th century federal investments into dam systems controlled the great rivers of the West, allowing cities like Phoenix to “bloom like a rose” and grow exponentially. As we work for our future in the 21st century, many questions arise. Where does our water come from? Who benefited from changing water politics? How did moving water systems from one place to another affect different communities? And perhaps most importantly, in the face of a changing climate; how sustainable are our present-day water policies and infrastructure? Join us for a FRANK Talk on water in the southwest. Join us for discussion facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Richter, ASU School of Social Transformation and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society.
FRANK Talks are face-to-face conversations on ideas that matter, engaging participants with important issues and providing the opportunity to put them in context, weigh facts, and consider different points of view. The goal of FRANK Talks is to inspire people to practice the skills of citizenship – to listen respectfully and engage thoughtfully with one another on important issues that affect our communities. These programs are produced in partnership with Arizona Humanities and the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records.
All events at the Glendale Public Library are public, and participants may be photographed by the media and or City staff for future print and/or online publication.