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Stegner Lecture with Cynthia Barnett – Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis

January 29, 2014 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm


A Wallace Stegner Center Lecture with Cynthia Barnett, Journalist and Author

S.J. Quinney College of Law, Room 106
Americans see water as abundant and cheap: We turn on the faucet and out it gushes, for less than a penny a gallon. We use more water than any other culture in the world, much to quench what’s now our largest crop – the lawn. Yet many Americans cannot name the river or aquifer that flows to our taps, irrigates our food and produces our electricity. And most don’t realize their freshwater sources are in trouble. In her talk Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for America, award-winning journalist Cynthia Barnett describes an illusion of water abundance that has encouraged everyone, from homeowners to farmers to utilities, to tap more and more. She proposes the most important part of the solution is a shared water ethic among citizens, government and major water users.

Funding provided by the Cultural Vision Fund.

Cynthia Barnett is a long-time journalist who has reported on freshwater issues from the Suwannee River to Singapore. Her latest book, Blue Revolution, was named by The Boston Globe as one of the top 10 science books of 2011. The Globe describes Ms. Barnett’s author persona as “part journalist, part mom, part historian,and part optimist.” The Los Angeles Times writes that she “takes us back to the origins of our water in much the same way, with much the same vividness and compassion as Michael Pollan led us from our kitchens to potato fields and feedlots of modern agribusiness.” Ms. Barnett earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism and environmental history from the University of Florida, and was a Knight-Wallace Fellow specializing in freshwater issues at the University of Michigan. She is currently at work on her third book, a human and natural history of RAIN.

1 hour CLE, email communications@law.utah.edu


January 29, 2014
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
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S. J. Quinney College of Law
383 South University St
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 United States