Sustainability Book Discussion Series

The Office of Sustainability Initiatives is pleased to announce three opportunities for members of the University community to learn about and discuss important new books with sustainability themes.  All the books are available in the library, and attendees are encouraged to look at them in advance of the sessions.

February 7: LIFEBLOOD: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital, by Matt Huber (University of Minnesota Press, 2013)..

The author teaches in the Geography Department at SU and will be on hand to lead a discussion of the role of oil consumption in American popular culture and political history.

March 21: EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY: Uniting History and Biology to Understand Life on Earth, by Edmund Russell (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

This discussion will be led by an environmental historian, Bob Wilson of the Geography Dept., and Biology professor David Althoff. The book investigates the ways human behavior over time has led to changes in other species and whole ecosystems. It is a pioneering foray into scholarship that bridges the humanities and natural sciences.

April 11: BRAIDING SWEETGRASS: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Kimmerer (Milkweed Editions, 2013).

Once again we are fortunate to have the author lead the discussion. Robin Kimmerer is a professor of biology at SUNY-ESF and Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. An expert on the interactions between “traditional” and “scientific” ecological knowledge, Robin is also an award-winning writer and a gifted storyteller.

All events will take place in Bird Library, Room 123, on Fridays at 1 p.m. Space is limited, so RSVP to Rachel May if you plan to come.