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Posted on: July 28, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Brinkley Family Memorial Lecture Series Returns for Fourth Year

Annual series kicks off August 18 with notable author and climate change expert, Jeff Goodell

NORFOLK, VA—Slover Library’s Brinkley Family Memorial Lecture Series is known for presenting passionate stories with local impact. The series returns for a fourth year on Thursday, August 18, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., with author Jeff Goodell presenting his latest work, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World. 

Goodell is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, author of five books and is a prominent expert on climate change and energy policy. In The Water Will Come, Goodell provides scientific research and in-depth reporting to provide an immersive look at the global crisis of rising oceansHe takes readers to the front lines of sea level rise around the world, including here in Norfolk, bringing fact, science, and first-person, on-the-ground journalism to show vivid scenes of the coming water, why and how it will happen, and the local and global impact.  

The in-person lecture on Thursday, August 18, takes place at Slover Library in Room 605. Admission is free but registration is required. There will also be a reception with cash bar. Visit to register.  

The following community environmental organizations will be on hand to discuss resilience efforts to combat climate change in Hampton Roads:  

  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Wetlands Watch
  • Elizabeth River Project
  • City of Norfolk Office of Resilience
  • Lynnhaven River NOW
  • WHRO
  • Environmental Defense Fund



Slover Library’s Brinkley Family Memorial Lecture Series honors Catherine “Kate” Lee Brinkley, a former librarian at the City of Norfolk’s Kirn Memorial Library, and her son Edward S. Brinkley, PhD (Ned), an author and birding tour guide. Kate loved people and dedicated her work to educating Norfolk residents about the many benefits of the library. Ned wrote a half-dozen books about birds, including the National Wildlife Federation's 2007 Field Guide to the Birds of North America, and his bibliography lists more than 100 other publications. Following Kate's death in 2017, Ned passed away unexpectedly in 2020 while birding in Ecuador. 

 About Slover Library: 

Slover Library blends traditional library functions with the best of contemporary library resources and services. The innovative space design creates a vital and dynamic center of community learning, leading-edge technology and civic engagement, available to all citizens of the region, and it is known as an attraction for residents and visitors alike.


Slover Library is located in beautiful downtown Norfolk on the corner of Plume and Atlantic Street near MacArthur Square and the MacArthur Memorial. Call (757) 431-7491 for more information.

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