Common Reading 2018: "The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World"
Sea level rise is one of the most pressing issues of our time, bringing with it potentially devastating impacts on the environment and humanity. As a campus surrounded by water and in state where most of the population lives near water, this is a critical subject to explore through this year’s campus-wide conversation, “Ocean State/State of the Ocean: The Challenge of Sea Level Rise Over the Coming Century.”
As part of a year-long series of events examining this issue, Roger Williams University welcomes Jeff Goodell, author of The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World. An acclaimed writer and investigative journalist, Goodell will share his scientific research and on-the-ground-reporting on climate change, while offering his perspective on how to stem the tide of environmental disaster – and what’s at stake if we fail to act. Goodell’s work is the RWU common reading book for the 2018-19 academic year, and challenges us to consider our role in shaping the future of our planet.
The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World was selected as the New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2017, one of The Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction in 2017, and one of Booklist’s Top 10 Science Books of 2017.
Goodell is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and Yale University’s Environment 360. He serves on the board of the McHarg Center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.
A book signing will immediately follow his lecture.
Attendance is required for first-year students and open to the entire RWU community, with limited seats available to the greater community. Depending on attendance, some attendees may be seated in an overflow location.