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The Death and Life of the Great Lakes - Dan Egan - <span class="date-display-single">11/02/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

11/02/2017 - 7:00pm

Discovery Building - DeLuca Forum

The Death and Life in the Great Lakes is an ode to the majesty and history of this national, natural treasure. Egan, a master reporter and storyteller, begins with European explorers arriving at these shores for the first time in the 1600s. Egan takes the reader deep beneath the lakes’ shimmering surface to illuminate the ongoing and unparalleled ecological unraveling of the continent’s most precious natural resource, all while retaining a sense of awe and respect for their immensity and danger: “A Great Lake can swallow freighters almost three times the length of a football field; the lakes’ bottoms are littered with an estimated 6,000 shipwrecks, many of which have never been found. This would never happen on a normal lake, because a normal lake is knowable. A Great Lake can hold all the mysteries of an ocean, and then some.”


In an age when dire problems like the Flint water crisis and the California drought bring ever more attention to the indispensability of safe, clean, easily available freshwater, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Dan Egan has written an urgent and powerful wake-up call. Like Jane Jacobs’s classic book that inspired Egan’s title, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is critical of our current state of affairs while offering a sense of optimism, making a clear and convincing case for how our problems can be fixed. More than a decade in the making, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is an eye-opening, deeply reported, and compulsively readable portrait of our nation’s greatest natural resource as it faces ecological calamity.


Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

Dan Egan

About Presenter Dan Egan


Dan Egan is a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and he has won the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, the John B. Oakes Award, the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award, and the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in- Progress Award. A graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, he lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with his wife and children.


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