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15097 Highway 66

Ashland, OR 97520

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Incoming Students: Buy and finish reading the summer book over the summer.  We will discuss it over the first few days after you arrive in August.  We have ordered all the other books for the semester, and they will be here waiting for you. We order these to insure that we all have the same editions for our discussion groups.  

Summer Reading

Richard Powers, The Overstory: A Novel, W.W. Norton, 2018. 

Segment 1: What is Nature?

Wendell Berry, Home Economics, Counterpoint, 2009.

Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2007.

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and  the                   Teachings of Plants, Milkweed Editions, 2015.

Jedediah Purdy. After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene, Harvard U Press, 2015.

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in                           Capitalist Ruins, Princeton U Press, 2017.

Richard White, The Organic Machine: The Remaking of the Columbia River, Hill and Wang, 1995. 

Segment 2: What is Community?

Jenny Erpenbeck, Go, Went, Gone, New Directions, 2017.

René Girard, I See Satan Fall Like Lightning, Orbis Books, 2001.

Yascha Mounk, The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It,

          Harvard U Press, 2018

Segment 3: What is a Sustainable World?

Paul Hawken, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming,            Penguin, 2017.

Wangari Maathai, Unbowed: A Memoir, Anchor Books, 2007.


Segment 4: What Does it Mean to be Human?

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2005.


Wilderness Recreation

Rick Curtis, The Backpacker’s Field Manual. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2005.