WAUKESHA, WIS.— James Workman, award-winning journalist and author of “Heart of Dryness,” will speak at Carroll University on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. His talk, “H2Ownership: A Fresh Approach to Unlocking the Three Paradoxes of Water,” will begin at 7 p.m. in Shattuck Music Center, 218 N. East Ave., Waukesha. This event is free and open to the public.
“Heart of Dryness” is a nonfiction narrative set in the Kalahari Desert and is inspired by Workman’s decade of work with the indigenous Bushmen. The book dramatizes the timeless struggle over water, the fulcrum of political power. Facing drought, scarcity and climate change, the Bushmen use voluntary survival strategies while Botswana’s government enforces regulatory rule. Workman’s talk will explore how this rivalry foreshadows our “more developed” world and how we could benefit from an alternative approach to dealing with water scarcity.
Workman served as an adviser shaping national and global policy under U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and Nelson Mandela. “Heart of Dryness” was awarded the Society of Environmental Journalists 2010 Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. His new business translates the Bushmen’s proven coping mechanisms into a Web 2.0 online exchange platform for earning, owning, accumulating and trading water efficiency credits, or EcoShares. His articles have been published in “The New Republic,” “Foreign Service Magazine,” “Washington Monthly,” “Business Day” and many other periodicals.
This event is part of the university’s yearlong exploration of WATER: the essential element of life on earth, an interdisciplinary-themed series that will explore our relationships with water on personal, regional and global levels. During the 2011-2012 academic year, the Carroll community will examine how water informs cultural, environmental, spiritual, economic and political issues. For more information, visit www.carrollu.edu/water.