Cameron Public Policy Forum to examine Water Resources

Cameron University’s Department of History and Government will present “Public Policy Forum VI – A Limitless One Percent?:  Framing Water Politics for a 21st Century Oklahoma,” a day-long event that will examine historical, policy, and biopolitical dimensions of water. The event will take place on Thursday, October 7 from 9 a.m.– Noon at the CETES Conference Center on the Cameron campus and is open to the public at no charge. Lunch will be provided.

Oklahoma and the rest of the Southwestern United States experienced record high temperatures over the past several months and have been facing extreme drought for years. In many cases, water used for routine activities has been taken for granted. To maintain the water resources in the region, it is important to start preserving water used on a daily basis. It is also important for everyone to make decisions about what sort of water policies should be pursued and implemented so that all communities in Oklahoma can protect and sustain this vital resource.

Experts in various academic fields as well as policy practitioners in the field of water management will provide valuable insights on how to think about water. Attendees are encouraged to formulate their own questions and approaches to the issue so that they will be able to make choices on water policy, when needed.

Panelist and topics will include:

  • The Politics of Oklahoma’s Current Water Plan:  Kyle Arthur, M.S, Planning Director, Oklahoma Water Resources Board
  • Out of a Deep Drought: Southwest Oklahoma’s Significance to Post-WWII State and National Water Policies: Dan Balkwill, Ph. D. Student, University of Oklahoma
  • The Global Dimensions of Water Governance: Dr. Justin Clardie, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Cameron University
  • The Thirst of the West: Understanding Water History and Policy in Oklahoma: Dr. Sterling Evans, Professor of History, University of Oklahoma 
  • Regulating a Limited Resource: The Policy  Context of Water Management:  Dr. Tony Wohlers, Associate Professor of History and Research and Director, Cameron University  

This program is made possible by grants from the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC), the We People Initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Cameron University Lectures and Concerts. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed during Public Policy Forum VI do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of History and Government at 580-581-2499.



September 26, 2011