HESSTON - Hesston College will welcome Cynthia Barnett, an award-winning environmental journalist and author of the fall 2017 community read, to campus Nov. 2.
Barnett will first speak at Dyck Arboretum at 2 p.m. with a focus on local water topics such as the Great Plains, aquifers, and sustainability, followed by a keynote address on faith and water ethics at Hesston Mennonite Church at 7:30 p.m.
Barnett will also speak to college and high school students studying science in an additional presentation that is not open to the public.
Barnett's book, "Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis" has fueled discussion about water on the Hesston College campus and in the community. The 2017 community read book, which was named by The Boston Globe as one of the top 10 science books of 2011, recognizes the existence of a water crisis in America.
But Barnett also offers a way out. In her book, the posed solution is both simple and inexpensive: a water ethic for America. Her presentation at Hesston Mennonite Church will tie in with this call to action.
In addition to "Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis," Barnett has also recently published "Rain: A Natural and Cultural History" and has written for National Geographic magazine, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Discover magazine, Salon, Politico, Orion, Ensia and many other publications. Awards include eight Green Eyeshades, which recognize outstanding journalism in 11 southeastern states, and a national Sigma Delta Chi prize for investigative magazine reporting.
Barnett teaches environmental journalism and nature and adventure writing at the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications in Gainesville, where she lives with her husband and children.
Located 30 miles north of Wichita, Hesston College is a liberal arts college of Mennonite Church USA.