Clean Water to Take Center Stage at Drew, Madison
Rotary Club Conference

MADISON, NJ—A half-day conference
at Drew University, featuring the New Jersey premiere screening of the film
“FLOW,” will highlight the global need for clean water.  The September 27 event, which is jointly sponsored
by Drew and the Madison Rotary Club, will also include lectures by William E.
Marks, author of the widely acclaimed book “The Holy Order of Water: Healing
the Earths Waters and Ourselves,” and Dr. Ronald Denham, chairman of Rotary
International’s Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group (WASRAG).  The conference will begin at 8:00 a.m. and is
open to the general public.

The award-winning documentary
“FLOW” investigates the growing worldwide trend of privatizing fresh
water.  Its interviews with scientists
and activists illuminate the political, ecological and human rights
ramifications of what it dubs “the water grab.” 
In addition to introducing audiences to the governmental and corporate
culprits behind the water crisis, it also gives viewers a look at the
institutions that are providing solutions through new technologies.

William E. Marks, winner of a
prestigious civilian activism award from the United States Environmental
Protection Agency, is the founder and former president of Martha’s Vineyard’s
first state-certified water testing laboratory. 
He is also the founder of Vineyard Environmental Protection, Inc., an
environmental consulting firm, and the Vineyard Environmental Research
Institute.  He has written several books
on water, the most recent of which is the acclaimed “Water Voices from Around
the World.”

Dr. Ronald Denham is the founder
and current chairperson of WASRAG.  Former Rotary International President Luis
Giay named him one of “Rotary’s 10 Best.”     

The conference, “Clean Water for
the World,” will be held in the Baldwin Gymnasium on Drew’s Madison Avenue
campus.  Admission is $5 for students and
$10 for members of the general public.  For
a preview of “FLOW” and a complete conference schedule, please visit Drew’s sustainability Web site.  For more
information, please contact Patricia Naylor, director of Drew’s Office of
Housing, Conferences and Hospitality, at 973/408-3103 or pnaylor@drew.edu, or Ellsworth Havens of the
Madison Rotary Club at 973/400-6357 or ellsworthhavens@msn.com.    

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Posted: September 17, 2008