Speaker Connects Clean Water and Human Rights Questions

September 24, 2009

Saint Leo University is hosting a guest lecture by former New York Times reporter Joseph B. Treaster on “Social Justice: Who Has the Right to a Drink of Water?' at 7 p.m., Monday, October 12, at the Student Community Center complex on the main campus.

The talk is the second in the university’s Distinguished Speaker Series for 2009-10. The series is devoted this academic year to the theme of social justice. The need for clean drinking water in many parts of the world remains one of the most compelling human rights and political issues countries face.

Treaster brings an international reporting background and current experience to the topic. He now serves on the faculty of the University of Miami School of Communication and is editor of the environmental Web site www.1h2o.org. The online news outlet publishes news articles, photographs, videos and commentaries that shed light on the global water crisis. The site often publishes content from areas of the world where the need for clean drinking water is most profound. It also covers water management issues in the United States.

His presentation at Saint Leo is open to the public. The university’s main campus is located in the east Pasco County community of Saint Leo, four miles east of Interstate 75/Exit 285 on State Road 52.

Community guests are also welcome to view the online brochure listing upcoming events in the Distinguished Speaker Series, and to make online suggestions for speakers next year. The brochure and nomination form for suggested speakers can be found at www.saintleo.edu/SpeakerSeries.