LITERATURE + LECTURES
HMNS Distinguished Lecture Series: Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind
August 8, 2011
The Houston Museum of Natural Science presents an HMNS Distinguished Lecture Series. Fascinating Speakers, Cutting Edge Science. Hear about the latest scientific discoveries - from the world's foremost experts. Throughout the year, HMNS hosts a variety of distinguished lecturers to enhance your understanding of a current exhibition or provide new perspectives on captivating topics.
Monday, August 8, at 7:00pm
Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind
Brian Fagan, (pictured) Ph.D., Anthropologist
Our most vital resource, water, has shaped our history. In the beginning, water was so precious that it became sacred in almost every culture. By the time of the Industrial Revolution, water was no longer a mystical force to be worshipped, but a commodity to be exploited by human ingenuity. Today, as the earth's population rises and ancient aquifers run dry, we will have to learn once again to show humility, even reverence, for this vital liquid.
Dr. Fagan spent several years doing fieldwork in Africa and is the author of Cro-Magnon, the New York Times bestseller The Great Warming, among many other books. He is emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Book signing following lecture.