Carnegie Mellon University

Bread and Water: Access, Belonging, and Environmental Justice in the City


2019-20 Humanities Center Public Lecture Series

Co-sponsored by CMU’s Humanities Center and Department of History; and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

FALL 2019

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 4:30pm
Anna Clark, author of The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy
Danforth Conference Room, 2​nd​ Floor, Cohon University Center
Co-Sponsors: University Lecture Series and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 4:30pm
Farhana Sultana, "Human Right to Water and Water Justice"
Danforth Conference Room, 2​nd​ Floor, Cohon University Center
Co-Sponsors: the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Raul Pacheco-Vega, "Urban Water Governance as a Wicked Problem: Opportunities and Challenges to Implement the Human Right to Water in a Rapidly Changing World"
Danforth Conference Room, 2​nd​ Floor, Cohon University Center
Co-Sponsor: the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

SPRING 2020

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Waverly Duck, "A Community Study of a Food Oasis in the East End of Pittsburgh"

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Heather O’Leary, "Roti Paani Kha Lena: Politics of ‘Taking’ Bread and Water in Urban India"

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Stephanie Boddie, "Food and Everyday Life in Pittsburgh"


Mellon Sawyer Seminar

For more information about the seminar, please contact Abigail Owen or John Soluri.
Co-Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminars and the Department of History

FALL 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Anna Clark, author of ​Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy

Pittsburgh-based Respondent: Aly Shaw, Environmental Justice Organizer, Our Water Campaign, Pittsburgh United

Thursday, September 26, 2019
Farhana Sultana, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, "The Human Right to Water"

Pittsburgh-based Respondent: Caitlin Schroering, Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Jessica Barnes, Department of Geography, University of South Carolina, "The Social Worlds of Bread in Cairo"

Pittsburgh-based Respondent:  Ken Regal, Executive Director, Just Harvest

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Raul Pacheco-Vega, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Aguascalientes, Mexico "Bottled Water in Mexico: From the Privatization of Urban Water Supplies to the Commodification of Water Resources"

Pittsburgh-based Respondent: Pittsburgh-based Respondent: Megan McDonough

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Peter Soppelsa, History Department, University of Oklahoma, "Inventing 'Water Shortage': Infrastructure and Affect in Paris’s Water Supply, 1880s–1910s"

Pittsburgh-based Respondent:  Robert A. Weimar, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Tomonori Sugimoto, Council on East Asian Studies, Yale University, "Taipei’s Indigenous Food Boom”

Pittsburgh-based Respondent:  TBA

SPRING 2020

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Simi Kang, Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Waverly Duck, "A Community Study of a Food Oasis in the East End of Pittsburgh"

Thursday, February 6, 2020
Leda Cooks, "Food Waste Recovery and Degrowth"

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Sarah Smiley, "Inequitable and Unjust Water Access in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: Explaining Improvements and Continuing Challenges"

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Heather O’Leary, "​Roti Paani Kha Lena​: Politics of ‘taking’ bread and water in Urban India."

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Stephanie Boddie and Hanna Garth, "Food and Everyday Life in Pittsburgh and Cuba"