Global Spotlight Series event to focus on water scarcity

A WCU student conducts research on a local headwaters watershed.

Western Carolina University will host a Global Spotlight Series event on water scarcity Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of A.K. Hinds University Center.

Water quality is a crucial health, environmental and economic issue with social and political ramifications, and a timely topic, said Niall Michelsen, WCU associate professor of political science and public affairs.

The ongoing series of panel discussions on national and international issues is sponsored by the International Studies Program.

The forum is free and open to the public. The topics and WCU faculty speakers:

  • Jen Schiff, director of the International Studies Program, “A Global Action Plan for Water Scarcity.”
  • Rebecca Dobbs, instructor of geography, “Water Scarcity and Water Paradigms.”
  • J.P. Gannon, assistant professor of geology, “How I Learned to Start Caring about Little Streams.”

For more information, contact Schiff at 828-227-3860 or