As an element necessary to sustain life on the Blue Planet, water has played and continues to play a paramount role in all aspects of human existence. Yet water has also served as a trigger for conflict and has caused devastating cataclysms, as Hurrican Katrina and the recent flooding in Pakistan so pointedly illustrate. Water is both a blessing and a curse, yet it is crucial to life, pervading art, politics, society, science, and basic human survival.
How does water appear in different contexts and function in different miliuex? How can a dialogue among disciplines illuminate and address problems and solutions to issues presented by this vital natural resource? How can the past inform our understanding of the importance of water in the present and guide our actions in the future? Join us in Saratoga Springs to grapple with the harmony and dissonance inherent in water as the source of life and strife and as inspiration for creativity and invention.
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