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One Book, One U 2023

The Water Will Come, by Jeff Goodell
This year's One Book, One U selection is The Water Will Come: Rising seas, sinking cities, and the remaking of the civilized world by Jeff Goodell
One Book, One U Common Reading Program
The One Book, One U program selects a book for each Spring semester to provide a shared educational experience in our university community.  Find information on upcoming events as well as research resources, dicussion guides, and more!
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If you are a member of the UM community, use the links below to get access to the ebook and audio book:
If you are a member of the South Florida community, check your local library to find a copy of the ebook available for check out.
We are still planning events for Spring 2023.  Please check back for updates.  Find the full list of events on the One Book, One U website.  If you are planning an event related to The Water Will Come, please feel free to let us know about here:

SAVE THE DATE: Spring 2023 Author Event
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Instructor Reading Groups: Fall 2022
Are you interested in including the 2022-2023 One Book, One U common reading selection, Jeff Goodell's The Water Will Come in your teaching?  Join us for a facilitated reading group to discuss how to teach The Water Will Come, for UM faculty, staff, and graduate students.  Organized by the Learning Innovation and Faculty Engagement team and UM Libraries, this initiative allows interested instructors to explore how to incorporate the text into their classrooms.
Please join us for one of our Instructor Reading Group sessions:
  • Wednesday, November 2nd, 5 pm - 6 pm
  • Thursday, November 10th, 12 pm - 1 pm

Sessions will be held over Zoom.  Please register for one session only.  Each session will cover the same material, and use the same facilitating prompts.  Register now using this link:
Reading Guides
Curious about The Water Will Come?  Check-out the guides below for more information!
Class Discussion Questions
Below are questions developed by Dr. Robin Bachin for use in the classroom.  These questions can be used to address a portion of the book in an inviting and engaging way.

Questions to Discuss

1.  What is the relationship among the melting of polar ice caps, drought in California, wildfires in Colorado, and sea level rise in Miami?
2.  What is the projected sea level rise by 2100? Why does it matter?
3.  How do you balance the present-day need for jobs and belief in the need to drill for oil or burn fossil fuels and the longer-term need to reduce CO2 emissions to reduce global warming?
4. What factors set off the real estate boom in Miami in the early part of the 20th century? How has that history impacted environmental and climate conditions today?
5.  How are developers today thinking about sea level rise and the future of Miami?
6.  Why are real estate agents so reluctant to talk openly about addressing climate change and sea level rise? Are they abdicating their responsibility?
8. How would you compare the situation in Lagos to that in Miami? What are climate refugees? What do you think will happen to the people who live in the Makoko slums?
9. Many climate advocates are pushing for governments in threatened areas to create strategies and mechanisms for planned retreat. What would that look like? What are some obstacles to implementing these plans?
10. Can nature always be tamed? Can we learn to live with water?
UM Instructional Designers
Want more ideas and activities?  Reach out to the Learning Innovation & Faculty Engagement team at Academic Technologies!  Contact them at  Find more information on the Academic Technologies website.
Discussion questions
Using the Chapter Summaries document, select a chapter that relates to your class or group and host a discussion session.  As a starting point, you can use the questions below, adapted from the American Library Association Book Discussion Group online guide.

Questions to Discuss
  1. What does Goodell do to criticize responses to sea level change?  What does the author wish to reform or change?
  2. Does the book offer a central idea or premise?  What are the issues being raised?
  3. Do the issues raised by Goodell affect your life?  How so?  Directly, on a daily basis, or more generally?
  4. What evidence does Goodell provid to support the central ideas of the book?  What sources does he use, and how does he use them?
  5. Is the evidence Goodell provides convincing?  Is it relevant or logical?  Does it come from authoritative sources?  Is Goodell an authority?  If so, how?
  6. Does Goodell make any unsupported claims?  What are they, and what evidence would be needed to support them?
  7. What kind of language does Goodell use?  How does his writing help or undercut his premise?
  8. What implications does Goodell draw for the future?  What are the short-term and long term consequences to the issues being raised in the book?
  9. What solutions does Goodell offer?  Who would implement those soluctuions?  How probable is success?
  10. How does Goodell make a call to action to the readers?
  11. Are the issues raised by Goodell controversial?  If so, how?  What are the different sides of the controversy?
  12. What specific passages of the book or chapter struck you personally- as interesting, profound, incomprehensible, illuminating, etc?
  13. What did you learn from reading the book?  Did it broaden your perspective?
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