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S18A7 Water and the Human Narrative - A Journey of Discovery

Since antiquity, rivers and oceans have played a vital role in shaping the human narrative. Not only did they function as essential means of migration, communication, exchange, civilization, and interaction, they also served as critical sources of sustenance and wealth, conflict and conquest, and avenues of immense curiosity. Recognition of the importance of water and human evolution, by necessity, involves an extended voyage of discovery that begins with early human activity and extends to modern times. Along the way, we will examine the roles of the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as well as the rivers of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and America. When finished, a new dimension of the human experience will lay before us.

Instructor: David K. McQuilkin taught history and political science at various colleges and universities for more than 41 years. He was a faculty member at Bridgewater College for 24 years and is now a faculty emeritus. In retirement, he remains active in the community by offering Lifelong Learning courses, making presentations to local groups and organizations, writing book reviews, and periodically serves as a political analyst for WHSV.

Suggested Reading: Rainier F. Buschmann, "Oceans in World History" [Explorations in World History Series], Boston: McGraw Hill, 2007. Available on


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