Rain: A History for Stormy Times

Environmental journalist and author Cynthia Barnett will present “Rain: A History for Stormy Times” on Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Rinker Welcome Center. Cultural credit will be available.

An engaging natural and cultural tour of RAIN, from its key roles in civilization, religion and art; to the peculiar history of the world’s first raincoat; to the rain obsessions of our “Founding Forecaster,” Thomas Jefferson – all building to the uncharted rains of climate change. We’ll also take a look at how many communities are coming to live differently with rain — as with all water, part of a new water ethic in America. Rain connects us in all sorts of ways – as profound as prayer and art, as practical as economics, as genuine as an exchange between strangers on a stormy day. Too much and not enough, rain is a shared experience, and one of the ways climate change can become a conversation rather than a confrontation.

Ms. Barnett is the author of three acclaimed books on water including her most recent, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Hosted by the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience and the department of Geography and Environmental Science, this is the final event of the Florida Humanities Council Speaker Series at Stetson. This program is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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