How water-related activities have influenced culture is being discussed at The Nature and Function of Water, Baths, Bathing, and Hygiene from Antiquity through the Renaissance, a conference at Northern Arizona University from Oct. 5-7 in the du Bois Center.

Participants from a variety of fields, including historians, writers, anthropologists, socialists and environmentalists will discuss how water and water-related activities have influenced the politics, literature, religion and the architecture of early cultures.

The conference seeks to understand how water and all things associated with water, such as baths, bathing, hygiene, dams, water rights, agriculture, pollution and rites emerged from an understanding of water.

On-campus registration for the conference is 3 p.m. Oct. 5 in the du Bois Center. The public is invited to a free keynote address at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 in the du Bois Center Ballroom by Rabun Taylor from Harvard University, who will present, “Cultures of Water in Mediterranean Antiquity.”

For information, contact Anne Scott at (928) 523-9537 or e-mail anne.scott@nau.edu.