Free tickets available October 28 as Cameron University continues Academic Festival with Robert Glennon, water resource expert

Cameron University will continue its triennial Academic Festival, “Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities,” with a presentation by water resource expert Robert Glennon. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at Cameron University Theatre on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. A reception and book signing will follow. Tickets are required for admission and can be reserved online at beginning Tuesday, October 28 at 8 a.m. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis; there is a limit of two tickets per person.

“The topic of water and natural resources is of particular interest in drought-ridden southwest Oklahoma,” says CU President John McArthur.  “Glennon’s expertise will no doubt encourage critical thinking and lively discussion. It is a pleasure to welcome him to Cameron University.”

photo of Robert GlennonGlennon is Regents’ Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. He is the author of “Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters” and “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It.” He has received two National Science Foundation grants and has served as an advisor to governments, law firms, corporations, and NGOs on water law and policy. He is also a regular commentator and analyst for various television and radio programs and for the print media.

“Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities” will continue throughout the 2014-15 academic year. Through a series of presentations by nationally recognized speakers, Cameron will consider several other aspects of sustainability, including sustainability in communities and practicing a sustainable lifestyle. Chef and agricultural activist Rick Bayless opened the festival in September with a discussion on food and agricultural practices.

The McCasland Foundation of Duncan is the primary sponsor of “Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities.” Over the years, financial support for the Academic Festivals has come from the McCasland/Amquest Bank Endowed Chair, established by the McCasland Foundation in 1989. Additional funding for this year’s festival is provided by the Cameron University Foundation and through the Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series.

“Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities” continues Cameron’s popular series of Academic Festivals. Cameron’s first Academic Festival, “Year of the Renaissance,” took place in 1991-92. Themes of previous Academic Festivals include cultural diversity; science and technology; bridging the millennium; globalization and the human experience; health and wellness; and, most recently, an in-depth study of the country of Afghanistan.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Office of Public Affairs at 581-2211 or via e-mail at



October 20, 2014

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