Florida’s "Vanishing Waters" March 15

TAMPA, Fla. (March 3, 2009) – Few know the full scope of the problems facing Florida’s water resources as well as acclaimed journalist and author Cynthia Barnett.  She will speak at the 2009 Florida Conversations Lecture Series on “Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S.,” Sunday, March 15 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the new Tampa Bay History Center (just south of the St. Pete Times Forum (between the Forum and Channelside).  This event is free and open to the public and is underwritten by the Tampa Bay History Center Endowment Fund at the University of South Florida and co-sponsored by the USF Libraries Florida Studies Center and the Tampa Bay History Center, with media sponsorship from the Tampa Tribune. 


The lecture takes its title from Barnett’s book: Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S.


“Drought conditions, shrinking aquifers, conflicts between states over water, these are matters we all need to know more about so that we can change our direction,” said Mark Greenberg, director of the Florida Studies Center and Special & Digital Collections at the USF Tampa Library.  “Cynthia Barnett is an excellent resource on this topic and we encourage everyone to come out and get this crucial information.  In fact, the entire series offers people who care about Florida the kind of intellectual stimulation that makes for great conversations.”


Upcoming Lectures (Sundays at the Tampa Bay History Center):


Red Sticks, Creek Warriors, and African Slaves during Jackson’s Seminole War

Andrew K. Frank

Sunday, April 19, 2009

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.


Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators: More Stories about Real Florida

Jeff Klinkenberg

Sunday, May 17, 2009

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.


What’s all this fuss about an independent Florida judiciary?

Martin Dyckman

Sunday, June 21, 2009

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.


For more information call (813) 228-0097.  For reasonable accommodation of a disability, please call (813) 228-0097 at least five business days prior to the event.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.