You’re Invited to the Macmillan Author Lunch at #FYE20!

Saturday, February 22nd • 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.    
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom West & South
Lunch and author panel, with book signings to follow

This event is free! (RSVP is required—>click here!)

Featuring:

we are the weatherJonathan Safran Foer
author of
We Are the Weather
Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
Farrar, Straus & Giroux | About the Book

one person no voteCarol Anderson
author of
One Person, No Vote
How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy
Bloomsbury USA | About the Book

dont label meIrshad Manji
author of
Don’t Label Me
How to Do Diversity Without Inflaming the Culture Wars
St. Martin’s Press | About the Book

falterBill McKibben
author of
Falter
Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
Henry Holt & Co. | About the Book

Eckerd College Seniors Read Eaarth in Quest for Meaning

Common reading experiences aren’t for first-year students alone!  This fall at Eckerd College, the whole Senior Class will read Bill McKibben’s latest book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet in the capstone course, Quest for Meaning.

As they approach commencement and begin to make post-graduate plans, this course challenges seniors “to ask and seek answers to questions of meaning and purpose in your own life within the context of the greater community.”

Over the course of the semester, they’ll explore the themes of ethics, faith, global perspective, natural environment, humanities, science, the arts, and social science.  Through readings, plenaries, discussions and service projects, students will consider how each theme influences their individual purpose, values, and world view.

Eaarth will be the key reading for the environmental portion of the course, which helps students attain one of the Quest for Meaning’s core objectives: the ability to “reveal an awareness of issues concerning the sustaining of the natural environment.”  Bill McKibben, will visit campus to address the Quest for Meaning students in October.

Seniors will have the opportunity to answer the author’s call to action through the course’s Service Learning component; each year, “students doing their Quest for Meaning project donate valuable hours for the restoration and preservation of Florida natural areas.”  Read about other environmental initiatives at Eckerd College

Click here to read about other schools that have selected green reads (including Bill McKibben’s Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future) and coordinated common reading programs with green themes in order to promote environmental awareness and initiatives on campus.

Eaarth • St. Martin’s Griffin • 288 pages

University of Wisconsin, Marathon County Selects Deep Economy for Shared Reading

The 2009-2010 Shared Reading title at the University of Wisconsin, Marathon County is Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. The book was selected by a committee of faculty and university administrators with the theme “Building Community” in mind.

Three years ago, when the Shared Reading theme was “Affluenza,” author Bill McKibben gave a capstone address on campus and the committee was eager to revisit McKibben’s work.  The school has enthusiastically incorporated his book into the curriculum and campus programming this year.

UW, Marathon County’s goal is to have each student to encounter the book in at least one course this year. The Shared Reading program committee has planned programming—speakers, panels, workshops, competitions—that will engage students, faculty and the statewide University of Wisconsin community throughout the academic year.

Several staff members associated with the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, which is based on the Marathon County campus, have written grants to support programming and expand the impact of the Shared Reading experience.

In recent years, Deep Economy has been adopted for similar common reading programs at Ohio Wesleyan University, RIT, and University of Texas, Arlington.

Bill McKibben is the author of five books published by Henry Holt, including Eaarth (available April 2010).