In presentations and a panel discussion, a quartet of Penn researchers with diverse backgrounds will share their research and thoughts about water. Nikhil Anand and Bethany Wiggin will present their work on Mumbai and Philadelphia as two chapters in a global story about trade, water and empire; the creation of port infrastructure and the loss of historic wetlands; and the responses of contemporary communities to changing waters, including those rising as a result of climate change. And with the recent crisis in Flint, Mich., as a backdrop, Richard Pepino will discuss his investigation of the risk of lead service lines contributing to childhood lead poisoning in Philadelphia. Howard Neukrug, director of the new Water Center at Penn, will offer a brief introduction to the panel.
Bethany Wiggin, associate professor of Germanic languages and literature and founding director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
Nikhil Anand, assistant professor of anthropology
Richard Pepino, lecturer in earth and environmental science
Howard Neukrug, professor of practice in earth and environment science
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