Pulitzer Prize-winning environmental journalist Dan Fagin will discuss his 2014 book â€œToms River: A Story of Science and Salvation,â€ and will examine the profound effects of careless environmental practices on communities, during his lecture at Flagler College on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.
His talk, titled â€œConnecting the Dots in Toms River and Beyond,â€ is part of the Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy.
â€œToms Riverâ€â€” called â€œa new classic of science reportingâ€ by The New York Times â€” tells the story of a small New Jersey town ravaged by industrial pollution. The book melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, deep historical research and unforgettable characters into a sweeping narrative. In addition to the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, the book was awarded the New York Public Libraryâ€™s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, the National Academies Science Book Award and the Society of Environmental Journalistsâ€™ Rachel Carson Environment Book Award.
â€œDan Faginâ€™s narrative of the arrival and explosive growth of a chemical plant in New Jersey in the 1950sÂ weaves a complex tale of powerful industry, local politics, water rights, epidemiology, public health and cancer in a gripping, page-turning environmental thriller,â€ writes National Public Radio.
Fagin is a science journalism professor at New York University and has been published in The New York Times,Â Scientific American, NatureÂ andÂ Slate.Â Before joining the NYU faculty in 2005, Dan was the environmental writer atÂ Newsday for 15 years. He has won both of the best-known science journalism prizes in the U.S.: the Science Journalism Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and theÂ Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers.
For more than 30 years, the Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy has invited nationally recognized journalists and commentators to St. Augustine to discuss issues of importance in regional, state and federal government. All Forums take place in Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three daysâ€™ notice.
Call (904) 826-8572 for additional information..