Cynthia Barnett

AVON PARK, Fla. – Feb. 3, 2020 – Through a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant, Cynthia Barnett will present “A Water Ethic for Florida” on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 4:30 p.m., in Building B, Room 204, on the South Florida State College (SFSC) Highlands Campus in Avon Park. The presentation is free and open to SFSC faculty, high school and college/university educators, and museum and archive professionals. Others who are interested in attending should email Dr. Charlotte Pressler, SFSC professor of English and humanities, at

Barnett’s presentation at SFSC examines water as a unifying force with the potential to build an environmental ethos across generations.

She is an author of popular books on water and climate change including “Rain: A Natural and Cultural History,” which was long-listed for the National Book Award. Barnett is an Environmental Journalist in Residence at the University of Florida’s (UF) College of Journalism and Communications and an Environmental Fellow at UF’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service, where she works on Environmental Civics: helping develop the service, civic engagement and leadership ethos needed to make progress on the profound challenges facing the world and us.

Barnett earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism, her master’s in environmental history, and was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan specializing in freshwater resources. She is the recipient of numerous journalism and book awards and just finished her fourth book, a story of humanity and seashells.