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RAIN: A history for stormy times

Event Date:

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue:

Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring, FL 33872

Organizer:

Carla Sherwin
(239) 560-3665
carla.kappmeyer-sherwin@dep.state.fl.us

Program Description:

Take 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. Journalist Cynthia Barnett reveals how many communities are coming to live differently with rain — as with all water, part of a new water ethic in America. In the wake of Hurricane Irma, she will also examine our recent decades of increasingly violent storm events. 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.

Cynthia Barnett is a long-time journalist who has covered freshwater issues from the Suwannee River to Singapore. A Florida native, she is the author of three books on water. “Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S.,” won the gold medal for best nonfiction in the Florida Book Awards and was named by The St. Petersburg Times as one of the top 10 books that every Floridian should read. “Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis,” was named one of the top 10 science books of 2011 by The Boston Globe. “Rain: A Natural and Cultural History,” was long-listed for the National Book Award and a finalist for the 2016 PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing from the PEN America Center.

This Tuesday evening lecture will be preceded with a “Meet and Greet” and book sales and signing by Ms. Barnett from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Parking will be available in the overflow fields at the campground entrance. ADA handicapped accessible parking is available at the park recreation hall. The lecture is free and park entry fees are waived after 6:00 pm.

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