“If there is magic on the planet, it is contained in the water.”
- Loren Eisley

Water flows all around us and within us. The majority of the surface of our planet is covered in water, and our bodies are more than half water. Water is the most fundamental of all resources – without water, there is no life.

The Winter 2011 LSA Theme Semester on Water celebrates water in all its guises. Through courses, public lectures, exhibitions, performances, and other events, the Water Semester will explore water from diverse perspectives, including water in art (as both medium and subject), water in literature, the role of water in shaping human history, the origins and physics of water on Earth and beyond, and exploration of the global water crisis and water sustainability on local, regional, and global scales.

The Water Semester is coordinated by the Program in the Environment, the Exhibit Museum of Natural History, the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute and the Michigan Society of Fellows, and is made possible by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and many co-sponsors.

“Water is the most critical resource issue of our lifetime and our children’s lifetime. The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land.” – Luna Leopold