The Office of Sustainability Initiatives and Bird Library collaborated on a series of book discussions in the Spring, 2014 semester.
On February 7, Prof. Matt Huber in the Geography Department discussed his book, LIFEBLOOD: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). The audience was diverse and there was lively conversation about the various ways that the exploitation of oil as a resource has shaped and been shaped by American culture.
On March 21, Professors Bob Wilson (Geography) and David Althoff (Biology) led a discussion of EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY: Uniting History and Biology to Understand Life on Earth, by Edmund Russell (Cambridge University Press, 2011). The book brings together many disciplines in creative ways to explain the role human activities have played in shaping other species, and it is valuable in the teaching of science as well as environmental history.
Finally, on April 11, Prof. Robin Kimmerer from SUNY-ESF led a discussion of her most recent book, BRAIDING SWEETGRASS: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants (Milkweed Editions, 2013). Participants shared stories about ways plants and other species can teach us about the world and about sustainable life choices.
Do you have a suggestion for a book to discuss in the future? Contact Rachel with your ideas.