Dan Egan - "The Death and Life of the Great Lakes" - Monica Metzler

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Dan Egan

“Outstanding. . . . Egan skillfully mixes science, history, and reportage to craft a compelling story.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“With narrative flair, Egan tells the story of how it is that we can be so shortsighted and negligent when it comes to something as wondrous and essential as our Great Lakes. . . .This is essential reading for anyone concerned about the future of our natural world.” —Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here

Dan Egan discusses The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. He will be joined in conversation by Monica Metzler. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

Presented in partnership with the UChicago Program on the Global Environment

At 57th Street Books

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About the book: The Great Lakes—Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superior—hold 20 percent of the world’s supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work, and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan’s compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.

About the author: 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.

About the interlocutor: Monica is Founder and Executive Director of Illinois Science Council (“ISC”), an independent nonprofit that engages the adult public to increase awareness and appreciation of science and technology.Before uncovering her passion for science outreach, Monica was a policy wonk at heart and worked as Vice President at a government relations consulting firm, on the legal staff for the Illinois State House, and on political campaigns. Monica is a fan of large, transformative events having handled site logistics for a Democratic National Convention and producing Northwestern University’s 150th Anniversary, as well consulting with other organizations on their milestone anniversaries. Monica earned her J.D. from Duke University School of Law, M.A. from Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke, and a B.S. from Northwestern University.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637