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Virtual Book Club: Waters of the World

September 8, 2020 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

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In partnership with Page 158 Books, the museum is excited to announce our first book club, featuring Waters of the World: The Story of the Scientists Who Unraveled the Mysteries of Our Oceans, Atmosphere, and Ice Sheets and Made the Planet Whole by Sarah Dry.

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Waters of the World explores the lives of six individuals whose discoveries laid the foundation for modern climate science, including John Tyndall, Gilbert Walker, and Joanne Simpson.

Event Details

Registered participants will meet on Tuesday, September 8th from 6:30-8:00 pm for a discussion of Waters of the World by Sarah Dry. Prior to our meeting, museum staff will email participants some thoughts and reflections on the book to encourage a vibrant discussion when we gather on September 8th.

This program is free, but registration is required. Participants will also need access to a copy of the book, an internet connection, and a computer or smartphone to fully participate in our discussion. Copies of the book are available for purchase through Page 158 Books, although you may purchase the book wherever copies are sold.

If you would like to participate but cannot easily afford a copy of the book, please reach out to museum staff. We are working with Page 158’s Literary Foundation to ensure that individuals facing financial hardship are able to access the book. If you would like to donate a copy of the book to another participant, please reach out to the museum or call Page 158 for details on how to make a tax-deductible donation through their Literary Foundation.


Participants can register below or on eventbrite.com.

This event is part of Water/Ways, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition that explores water’s environmental and cultural impact. Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the North Carolina Humanities Council, and was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York.

This event is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Any views expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the North Carolina Humanities council.