Event Calendar

Joan & Dick Stroud Memorial Lecture Presents Watermark

A documentary about how water shapes us and how we shape water

Event Details

4 p.m., Sunday, September 14
Unionville High School
$15, includes light refreshments

Group rates for 10 or more
Call 610-268-2153, ext. 303

Every living thing requires water. We humans interact with it in a myriad of ways, numerous times a day. But how often do we consider the complexity of that interaction? And, unless confronted by scarcity, when do we meditate on its ubiquity in creating, sustaining and enriching life?

WATERMARK is a feature documentary film that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use.

“An immersive experience, with stunning visual language, that will transform the way we think about water, and our relationship to it.” — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Shot in stunning ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element and the scale of its reach, as well as the magnitude of our need and use.

In WATERMARK, the viewer is immersed in a world defined by a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted — until it’s gone.

New York Times Critic’s Pick
Official Selection, 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival

Please join us for this awe-inspiring film. Light refreshments will be served and there will be brief remarks by Stroud Center’s director, Bern Sweeney, Ph.D.

Sponsored by:


Arthur Hall Insurance


The Water’s Edge

Thursday, October 23
Longwood Gardens

Tickets on sale now!

Lead Sponsorship (10 Seats) $10,000

Key Sponsorship (6 Seats)

Individual Ticket

Individual, Age 21-40

Presenting Sponsor

Wilmington Trust

Each year Stroud Water Research Center hosts The Water’s Edge gala in celebration of our most precious resource — water. This special evening allows us to bring together our friends and neighbors whose support is critical to our endeavors. Proceeds from the evening support our freshwater research, restoration, and education programs.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will receive the 2014 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence award at The Water’s Edge gala at Longwood Gardens on October 23.

Photo courtesy Waterkeeper Alliance

One of Time magazine’s “Heroes of the Planet,” Kennedy is a resolute defender of the environment.

He led the fight to restore the Hudson River, negotiated the New York City Watershed Agreement, and serves as president of the Waterkeeper Alliance.

“Mr. Kennedy has been a staunch advocate for the rights of people and wildlife to clean fresh water and a long-time champion of stream and river ecosystems worldwide. I’m thrilled that he will be here to receive this award.” — Bern Sweeney, Ph.D., Stroud Center Director
Cocktails in the Conservatory

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by the presentation of the award, remarks by Mr. Kennedy and a sumptious dinner in the Conservatory.

The Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence, also known as the SAFE Water Award, is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in freshwater-related activities. Past recipients include Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. and Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D. (2013), John Briscoe, Ph.D. (2012), and Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling (2011).