D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

Water Ethics Conference Plenary Speakers

Cynthia Barnett is a long-time journalist who has reported on freshwater from the Suwannee River to Singapore. She is the author of Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. and Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis. Her new book, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History is due out in April from Crown/Penguin Random House. Blue Revolution, which calls for a water ethic for America, was named by The Boston Globe as one of the top 10 science books of 2011.


Curt Meine is a conservation biologist, historian, and writer who serves as senior fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation and with the Center for Humans and Nature, and as associate adjunct professor at the UW–Madison. His biography Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work, published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 1988, was the first full-length biography of Leopold, and was named Book of the Year by the Forest History Society.


Christiana Peppard is Assistant Professor of Theology, Science, and Ethics and affiliated faculty in American Studies and Environmental Policy at Fordham University. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and co-edited scholarly volumes on resource extraction, environmental ethics, and science and society. Her book, Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis, explores the problem of fresh water scarcity in an era of climate change and economic globalization, and it charts a fresh water ethic from resources in environmental thought, moral anthropology, and Catholic social teaching (Orbis Books, 2014).

Jeremy Schmidt is a Banting Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University. From 2012–14 he was a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. He co-edited Water Ethics: Foundational Readings for Students and Professionals with Peter Brown. In addition to his research, Jeremy sits on the advisory board of the Water Ethics Network and recently joined the ethics and environment group at CREUM: the Centre de Recherche en Éthics de l’Université de Montréal.