Marquette University to host Flint water crisis author Anna Clark

January 17, 2019

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University will host Anna Clark, author of The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy, for two special events as a part of the Marquette Forum, a yearlong series of events focusing on civic dialogue and the state of democracies across the world.

Q&A session | Jan. 23,  2 p.m. to 3 p.m. | Eisenberg Reading Room, Sensenbrenner Hall, 1103 W. Wisconsin Ave.
During this session, Clark will answer questions about the process of researching and writing the book, the role of the journalist in a changing media landscape, how to structure narrative nonfiction, the role of citizen activists in bringing about change on social issues and more. Register for the Q&A online by Jan. 18.

Keynote lecture | Jan. 23, 5 p.m. | Weasler Auditorium, 1506 W. Wisconsin Ave.
In this presentation, Clark will discuss her book The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy, which has implications for every municipality in America, especially Milwaukee. She will also explain the inspiring role of Flint’s “lionhearted residents,” their grassroots activism, community organizing and the independent investigations that brought the crisis to national attention. The lecture will take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a book sale/signing and reception to follow. Register for the keynote lecture online by Jan. 18.

Clark’s writing has appeared in Elle MagazineThe New York TimesPoliticoNext City and other publications. She was a correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review as part of its United States Project for nearly five years. Clark received the 2017 Excellence in Environmental Journalism award from the Great Lakes Environmental Law Council.

Media interested in attending should contact Anne Broeker at or (414) 288-7536


About Anne Broeker

Anne Broeker

Anne is a communication specialist in the Office of Marketing and Communication. Contact Anne at (414) 288-7536 or