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UCSB Reads 2014
The UCSB Library and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor are excited to announce the selection of a book for UCSB Reads 2014: The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America (Mariner Books, 2010) by Timothy Egan. Through a common reading experience, UCSB Reads brings the campus and Santa Barbara community together in intellectually stimulating dialogue about important issues of our time.
The Big Burn is the story of the 1910 wildfire that burned more than three million acres in two days across the national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Egan’s account of the nation’s largest wildfire is interwoven into the equally-dramatic story of President Teddy Roosevelt’s efforts, along with chief forester Gifford Pinchot, to fight the destruction of the country's natural resources. Set against the backdrop of the fire, Egan chronicles the social, cultural, and political history that led to the formation of the U.S. Forest Service. Pioneers in this new notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot created the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by and preserved for every citizen.
UCSB Reads 2014 is being presented in conjunction with the Bren School’s Strategic Environmental Research Initiative on Wildfire and Climate Change, which is bringing faculty together from various disciplines to generate new approaches to fire management.
About UCSB Reads
“From the beginning, the goal of UCSB Reads has been to encourage a common reading and intellectual experience for our community and to stimulate discussion of important interdisciplinary issues. It unifies the campus and provides opportunities for our faculty to go out into the community to share their knowledge and expertise.” -- Gene Lucas, Executive Vice Chancellor
Now in its eighth year, UCSB Reads is an award-winning event that brings the campus and Santa Barbara community together in a common reading experience. Selections for UCSB Reads engage readers in intellectually stimulating dialogue about important issues of our time. A variety of UCSB Reads events, including faculty panels, book clubs, and exhibits, will take place throughout the winter quarter—on campus, at local public libraries, and at other local venues. These will culminate in a special talk by the author on March 4 in UCSB’s Campbell Hall.
Previous UCSB Reads Books
2013: Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer
2012: Moby Duck by Donovan Hahn
2011: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
2010: Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
2009: Ethics for the New Millenium by Dalai Lama
2008: The Travels of a T-shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli
2007: Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert