During Fall 2011 a group of faculty, graduate students, staff, and community members initiated a reading group whose initial study was Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac. A Sand County Almanac contains beautiful nature writing, pragmatic land management advice grounded in the interconnected character of each part of "the land" system, and forceful ethical and political statements.
The group has continued since that time and is composed of current and emeritus faculty and community members representing: Anthropology, Architecture, Administration, Building Better Communities, Chemistry, Clergy, English, Facilities Planning and Management, History, Journalism, Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Nutrition, Philosophy, and Sociology.
Over the past few years the group has read:
In addition to discussing books, the group has discussed numerous articles and videos including:
The Sustainability Reading Group is an exemplar of the interdisciplinary thinking so needed in sustainability education and practice, and a valuable centerpiece for the group as it builds interdisciplinary connections for the future of sustainability at Ball State and in East Central Indiana. Future texts will be selected to suit the interests of the regular attendees. In response to reading group discussions faculty who teach classes that are part of the BSU Sustainability Minor are considering course revisions to include interdisciplinary work, and researchers are considering new collaborations.
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