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Flint's water crisis to be subject of free course at U of M Flint

On April 25, 2014, Flint officials toasted each other as they flipped the switch to the Flint River.
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Flint's water crisis will be the subject of a new course at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Students will get one credit for taking the course (and doing assignments); people from the community can take the class for free.

Suzanne Selig directs U of M Flint's Department of Public Health and Health Sciences.

She says the class is a natural fit with the university's mission to be a bridge between academics and the community.

"There was so much information and anxiety about this issue that was coming out on a daily basis," says Selig. "We felt many people had some knowledge about some small aspect of it but not a fuller understanding.  And so we really felt obliged and really driven to provide an opportunity for people to learn more and develop a broader perspective."

The course begins Jan. 21 and will feature expert panelists and class discussion.

 

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Radio. She began her career at Michigan Radio as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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