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Gil Garcetti presents 'Water is Key' Feb. 3

January 21, 2010

The Colorado Water Institute and the CSU chapter of the Society of Global Health Researchers will host an event featuring guest speaker Gil Garcetti on Feb. 3. Garcetti, the former L.A. District Attorney and an acclaimed photographer, will talk about his humanitarian work in Africa.

Colorado Water Institute and student group bring photographer, humanitarian to speak

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Colorado Water Institute and the Society of Global Health Researchers in Action is bringing former Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti to the Lory Student Center Senate Chambers to speak about his work in Africa.

Garcetti is a humanitarian who does his work both through his incredible connections from being the Los Angeles DA and his work as a photographer. The U.N. has given him honors on his photography work on West African water access.

Garcetti is now on a campaign to raise awareness for building wells in Africa. He is working with a number of groups on this to build good wells for people - including utilizing hydrologists to ensure the longevity of the aquifer, employing business sense to help the people manage the up-keep of the wells and just trying to do good.

More about Garcetti

Although Garcetti spent 32 years in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, eight years as the elected District Attorney, much of his life has been spent as an urban photographer. His first photo book, Iron: Erecting The Walt Disney Concert Hall, published in 2002, received much critical praise in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other publications. The acclaimed photographer has also had solo exhibitions all over the country.

Garcetti's current photo book project, Water is Key is about safe water, health, and the empowerment of women in West Africa. Through his photographs and interviews of villagers in Niger, Mali, Ghana, and Burkina Faso, he hopes to focus world attention on the issue of safe water.

In 2003, American Photo named Garcetti one of the country's four master photographers. In 2005, TIME magazine profiled Garcetti in a two-page article about his change from "high profile D.A. to stylish photographer." On May 28, 2006, the television program, 'CBS Sunday Morning', featured a segment about Garcetti as a photographer. Garcitti is also a featured speaker at conferences and conventions speaking on his art and on career change.

About the Colorado Water Institute

The Colorado Water Institute (CWI), an affiliate of Colorado State University, exists for the express purpose of focusing the water expertise of higher education on the evolving water concerns and problems being faced by Colorado citizens.


The CSU chapter of the SOGHR is a student group focusing on student based collaboration and networking in the support of student education and research on issues of global health in all its forms.

Its parent organization, SOGHR, is a Fort Collins based not-for-profit group started by CSU graduate students that has been working closely with the student chapter to bring information and unique speakers to campus. SOGHR will have a table at the January student involvement fair and will be taking on new members, interns and project leaders.

Event details

"Water Is Key: presentation on the importance and impact on education, women's rights and community by providing clean water in western Africa"

When: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010
Where: Lory Student Center Senate Chambers

Contact: Phoenix Mourning-Star