Human beings have had a complex, ever-changing relationship with water for the past 10,000 years. Long before water became an anonymous commodity at the end of a faucet, people revered water and treasured it to an extent unimaginable in today’s world.
This year’s West Virginia University Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecturer is Brian Fagan, an author and emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His lecture, “Elixir: The History of Water and Humanity and What It Means for the Future,” will be delivered on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public.
Fagan is a leading authority on the complex relationship between the environment, climate change and human society. Fagan is the author or editor of 46 books, including eight college textbooks familiar to two generations of archaeology students. For audiences ranging from business executives to high school students, Fagan places today’s highly publicized climate crisis in a crucial historical context and describes how humans have adapted to environmental changes over the eons.
Fagan will also visit with students in Nicolas Zegre’s Watershed Management course at 11 a.m. in 334 Percival Hall on April 4.
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