Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Charles Fishman, author of this year's summer reading selection for the Class of 2017 -- The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water -- is the featured speaker at Occidental's 2013 Convocation.


Charles Fishman (@cfishman) is the author of The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water, the bestselling book on water in America in the past 25 years. An award-winning senior writer for Fast Company, Fishman is a celebrated investigative journalist, specializing in business innovation and social responsibility.

Charles Fishman's latest book, The Big Thirst, examines how water resources will come to define this century; a year into its release, the book is a popular common read on college campuses and a must-read in boardrooms. In The Big Thirst, Fishman helps redefine how we look at water, our most essential but, in many ways, misunderstood resource. Fishman highlights water's vital role in the business sector (especially to businesses who seemingly have nothing to do with water!) and points to the many contradictions of water in the developing world, leaving audiences with a hopeful vision of how current wasteful ways can be curbed through ingenuity and conscientious stewardship. Extending his coverage, Fishman now also blogs about water for National Geographic.