April 2013

Unnatural Disasters 2013

This edition of Booklights honors Mitchell College’s commemoration of Earth Day in this 75th anniversary year of the institution’s founding, showcasing titles that challenge us to reflect on the impact of human activity on the Earth and its climate.  These and additional titles are on display in the Library.

On April 22, 2013, the Library will host a number of Earth Day events following outdoor opening ceremonies centered on the preservation of Mitchell Woods and Mitchell Beach.  View full press release.

Library programming will include student presentations and poster sessions, the dedication of an art work created for the Library by artist Diane Barcelo, and the opening of the Library’s Earth Day exhibit, Un/Natural Disasters, curated by Nadesha Mijoba of the Provenance Center in New London, CT.

By Barry A. Vann

Format: print

Book Review (National Science Teachers’ Association)

Publisher Description
As long as the human species has existed, men and women have had to contend with the unpredictable forces of nature. Geographer Barry A. Vann brings a unique perspective to this age-old struggle in this illuminating overview of human population shifts and their precarious relationship with climate change and geography…. Read more…

By Javier Sethness-Castro

Format: print

Excerpt from AK Press

Publisher Description
Imperiled Life theorizes an exit from the potentially terminal consequences of capital-induced climate change. It is a collection of reflections on the phenomenon of catastrophe—climatological, political, social—as well as on the possibilities of overcoming disaster…. Read more…

By Rachel Carson

Silent Spring turned 50 on September 27th, 2012.  Many scholars and scientists point to the realization in the 21st century of Rachel Carson’s worst fears for the environment and to the urgency for global action. Visit the library’s book display to browse this and other works by and about Rachel Carson.

Format: print

Preview with Google Books

50th Anniversary Resources & Reflections

Rachel Carson Institute (at Chatham University)

Rachel Carson Biography (brief)

How ‘Silent Spring‘ Ignited the Environmental Movement (New York Times)
“On June 4, 1963, less than a year after the controversial environmental classic ‘Silent Spring‘ was published, its author, Rachel Carson, testified before a Senate subcommittee on pesticides. She was 56 and dying of breast cancer. She told almost no one.” Read more…

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