Engage: Activities, Events & Resources

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Student Essay

New students are invited to write a brief essay on our Shared Read. View the 2019-2020 Shared Read student essay submission guidelines (PDF). Deadline for participation is Monday, August 19, 2019.

The top student authors will get the opportunity to meet with Anna Clark during her visit to Rider’s campus on October 29.

Top 20 essays: Join Ms. Clark for a discussion
Top 5 essays: Dinner with Ms. Clark
Top essay: Introduce Ms. Clark at her campus presentation


We are planning many campus activities around The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and The American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark. Please check back for updates.

Green Film Series
September 16 & 18 at 7:00 pm
William M. Rue ’69 Auditorium (Sweigart 115)
Flint, a drama based on the Flint water crisis starring Queen Latifah

An Evening with Anna Clark
October 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
BLC Theater
A Q&A and book signing will follow the author’s talk.

The Science Behind the Poisoned City: The Implications of Century-long Use of Lead for Drinking Water Systems
November 5 at 3:00-4:10 pm
SCI 201
Lead has long been used in plumbing due to its physical properties and abundance. However, connections between lead toxicity and human health were not established until the 1800s. Moreover, the use of lead in water pipes and other plumbing system components were not largely outlawed until the 1920s and 1980s, respectively. These industrial and legislative standards have shaped the basis for a series of challenges in controlling the presence of lead in drinking water today. In this presentation, the series of events leading to the crisis in Flint, Michigan will be examined as it pertains to the treatment of drinking water.

Rider’s Dance and Sustainability Project, take 2
November 8 at 3:30-5:00 pm
BLC Theater
Learn about the links between The Poisoned City and a dance created for the Global Water Project, an organization that advocates for clean water in underrepresented communities. Be inspired by a performance of two dances created for the Dance and Sustainability Project.

The Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics Mayors Panel
November 13 at 11:30 am
William M. Rue ’69 Auditorium (Sweigart 115)
Hopewell Mayor Kristin McLaughlin, Lawrence Mayor Christopher Bobbitt, Ewing Mayor Bert Steinmann, and Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora will participate in a panel discussion of Trenton Water Works in the context of this fall's Shared Read.


View the 2019 Shared Read Research Guide prepared by Rider University Libraries.