Common Reading 2018: "The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World"
As part of a year-long series, “Ocean State/State of the Ocean: The Challenge of Sea Level Rise Over the Coming Century,” RWU 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 is the author of this year’s RWU Common Reading program book, which brings together the campus community to read and share discourse on a selected work. His work challenges us to consider our role in shaping the future of our planet.
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.” Throughout the fall and spring semesters, RWU will lead a campus-wide conversation on this topic through a multitude of ways, incorporating the issue into courses and engaged learning projects, and bringing in guest lecturers and panel discussions.
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.