January 21, 2021


The UM Common Reading Experience has events related to What the Eyes Don’t See, and the themes of the common read planned for Fall 2020.

Common Reading Events are Free and Open to the Public. Please Register Here to receive Zoom links for these events!

Water Security Issues: Research on the Middle East – Sponsored by the Croft Institute for International Studies

October 13, 1:00 p.m.

Vivian Ibrahim, Croft Professor of History and International Studies, a historian of the modern Middle East, will discuss her research on international water crises.

Empowering Individuals to Reduce Lead Exposure from Drinking Water through Community Based Research

October 16, 1:00 p.m.

Participants will learn about this research team’s efforts in uncovering lead in water data in the state of Mississippi. UM faculty research team:

  • Stephanie Otts, UM Faculty, Sr Research Counsel & Director of Sea Grant Programs, Mississippi Law Research Institute/ National Sea Grant Law Center
  • Kristie Willett, Chair & Professor of Pharmacology & Environmental Toxicology
  • John Green & Lynn Woo, Center for Population Studies
  • Cris Surbeck, Civil Engineering

Clean Water: Tracking Access and Quality through Public Information – Sponsored by the School of Journalism 

October 20, 6:00 p.m.

A panel of journalists and public service officials will discuss water access issues in Mississippi and how the public can find out more about access to quality water and what’s in their water. Aallyah Wright, a reporter for Mississippi Today, Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, and others are slated to participate. Morgan Burger, anchor and mulitmedia journalist for WTVA will moderate.