We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Public Lecture - Peak Water

23rd November 2009, 19:00 to 20:00, Rosemary Cramp Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Alexander Bell

The popular notion that the next big war will be over water is explored by Alexander Bell, the author of a new popular history book 'Peak Water: Civilisation and the world's water crisis'.

Alexander Bell sets water use in its historical context, showing the intimate link between the control of water and the growth of civilisation, and explaining why the current exhaustion of water reserves is an inevitable result of being civilised. Leaping from Mesopotamian ditches to the Goethe's poetry and on to the gaudy excess of Dubai, Bell ultimately turns the topic over to the audience, who can decide for themselves whether war is inevitable.

Alex Bell was a BBC presenter and correspondent who has worked in America, Asia and Southern Africa. After a period of writing speeches for a leading politician, he wrote for The Observer and The Herald newspapers. He then set up the successful, before dedicating his time to the issue of water. His book 'Peak Water' will be published by Luath Press Ltd in November 2009.

This public lecture is open to all and free to attend.

This public lecture is co-sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Study and Palatinate.

For further details about the speaker, please visit the website below.

Contact for more information about this event.

Related Links