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World Water Day Celebration Continues With Keynote Speaker

Michigan Tech’s celebration of World Water Day continues Monday afternoon with their keynote speaker.

The theme of this year’s event is Leaving No One Behind—Human Rights Near & Far.

Co-Founder, President, & CEO of We the People of Detroit Monica Lewis-Park will give a presentation called “Mapping the Water Crisis of Unaffordability” at the Memorial Union Ballroom at 4:00pm.

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community will provide the opening and the Woodland Singers will present “A Welcome to Traditional Homelands.” A reception will follow.

Then Tuesday, Michigan Tech will host a Panel Discussion following the presentation of the film “Marathon for Justice at 4:00pm.

Here is a schedule:

  • 4:00 pm: Viewing of Marathon for Justice (45 min)
  • 4:45 pm: Panel Discussion
  • 5:45 pm: Recognition of Wilderness artists, reception and
  • concluding ceremony with the Woodland Singers


  • Valoree Gagnon, Director of University-Indigenous-Community 
  • Partnerships, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Emily Shaw, MS, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech
  • Panelists:
  • Monica Lewis-Patrick, We the People of Detroit
  • Kathleen Smith, Habitat Specialist, KBIC, Natural Resources Dept.
  • Peter Baril, REHS, MPS, Director of Community Planning, Emergency 
  • Preparedness Coordinator, Western UP Health Dept
  • Angie Carter, Assistant Professor in Environmental/Energy Justice, 
  • Social Sciences, Michigan Tech

March 21-June 14: Great Lakes Research Center
Art Show: Wilderness
Daniel Hill, Josh Jaehnig, Jonathan Soper

Sponsored by:

  • Great Lakes Research Center   
  • Sustainable Futures Institute
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering  
  • Social Sciences
  • Center for Diversity and Inclusion    
  • Visual & Performing Arts
  • School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region

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