MTU Celebrates World Water Day March 18-24

A stream flows through a snowy pine forest.
A stream flows through a snowy pine forest.
No matter how you say it, water is essential to us all. Join Michigan Tech—and people around the globe—to celebrate World Water Day March 18-24, 2021.

Michigan Tech will celebrate World Water Day 2021 March 18-24 with virtual events related to the United Nations theme, “Valuing Water.”

Michigan Tech’s annual celebration of the worldwide event focuses on the many ways that water is vital to life. This year, the community is invited to events that showcase the value of water from social, economic, cultural and environmental perspectives.

Everyone is welcome to the virtual celebration. A community art show and screening of the film Brave Blue World kick off the week-long event. The schedule includes speakers, a performance by the Woodland Singers, a water-focused Husky Bites presentation, a research competition and free family art activities.

Visit the World Water Day website for Zoom links, registration and event details. All events are free and open to the public.

  • March 18 – Community Art Show: Local artists and community members of all ages share what water means to them through creativity and creation in a virtual gallery.
  • March 18 – 7- 8:30 p.m.: Brave Blue World facilitated discussion with Nancy Langston (SS/GLRC) & Dr. Casey Huckins (BIO/GLRC) as part of the Sustainability Film Series.  
  • March 22 – 6 p.m.: Water-focused Husky Bites presentation and the Three Minute Thesis-style research competition open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors.  
  • March 23 – 4:30 p.m.: Youth speaker Braedon Butterfield, member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and an aspiring journalist, will present a talk about valuing water.  
  • March 23 – 6 p.m.: Art Night for All with local art educator and artist Melissa Hronkin, with a reading of “We Are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom, followed by an art project honoring the value of water for all living things. Lisa Denomie, author of “Sea Yoga,” will guide an expressive movement activity. Judy Sarosik, teacher and artist of Peace Crane Mobiles, leads participants in folding an origami fish, also sharing her artwork and love of nature.  
  • March 24 – 4 p.m.: Panel discussion featuring Diane P. Dupont, professor of economics at Brock University; Patty Loew, director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University and a professor in the Medill School of Journalism; and Ali Mirchi, assistant professor of water resources engineering at Oklahoma State University and a Michigan Tech alum.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, Michigan’s flagship technological university offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.