Book in Common

Calendar 2019-2020

Book in Common Events

Community Kickoff: City of Chico City Hall Steps October 21, 2019 4:30 p.m.
Speakers include: City of Chico Mayor, Chico City Councilo, Chico State University President, Butte College President/Superintendent, Butte County Librarian, Butte College Student Readers, Chico State University Student Speaker, Book in Common Programming Co-Chair

Campus Kickoff, Chico State University
October 30, 2019 12:00-2:00 p.m., Near Miriam Library
Drawing to win a copy of the Book in Common
Film Human Element, Hosted by Chrissy Hursh
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Meriam Library 442

The title is based on the premise that in addition to the “basic” elements (Water, Air, Earth, Fire), humans serve as a fifth element of influence in the natural world. Do you agree or disagree? Come chat with us if you have an opinion!

We humans are a force of nature. At the same time human activities alter the basic elements of life – earth, air, water, and fire – those elements change human life in turn.

In this riveting and visually rich drama blending art and science, we follow renowned environmental photographer James Balog as he explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, a struggling coal mining community, and our changing air supply. With rare compassion and heart, the Human Element highlights Americans on the front lines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world. -Synopsis provided by the producers

Panel Teaching and Learning about Climates, Environment, and Human Impact
Date and Location To Be Determined in February, 2020

Lauren E. Oakes, Author’s Lecture: In Search of the Canary Tree
Thursday, April 2 | 7:30 p.m.
Laxson Auditorium
Produced by, and tickets available from, Chico Performances
Tickets free for Chico State U. students and $15-25 for the public
Sponsored by the Chico State University Office of the President’s Lecture Series and Office of the Provost, Butte College, and the City of Chico.

Lauren E. Oakes, interviewed by Jennifer Jewell during her NSPR program Cultivating Place
     Podcast September 5, 2019

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Gallery Exhibit: Unbroken Traditions September 18, 2019 – May 20, 2020

CSU, Chico Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology description of the exhibit: Visitors will be able to explore the world of basketry and learn about the techniques and materials used to create these practical and ceremonial works of art. The displays feature the many uses for baskets such as storage, winnowing, cooking, fishing, acorn processing, and carrying infants.

The exhibition title, Unbroken Tradition, seeks to remind the public of the long unbroken lineage of people who have emerged from repeated attempts to eradicate their culture with their deeply-rooted heritage and traditions intact.

Gallery Exhibit: Remarkable Lives: The Intertwined Worlds of Birds and Humans          September 18, 2019 – May 20, 2020

CSU, Chico Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology description of the exhibit: Bird songs and behaviors have resonated with peoples of every time and place. Their natural beauty inspire great art, dance, ritual and fashion on every continent. Local photographers capture these living dinosaurs still among us and a robotic recreation of the late Jurassic Archaeopteryx gives new meaning to the phrase early bird.

The museum will add an extra open day onSunday, January 27th from 11-3 to accommodate the Snow Goose Festival, which runs January 23-27. Birds and Birders, alike, flock to Chico, which is ideally situated near the Pacific Flyway, a major migratory hub for many bird species during the winter.

Visiting Author: Julie Sze, Environmental Justice as Freedom October 3, 2019
     CSU, Chico Humanities Series Event, Zingg Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m., free

Public Discussion (Tertulia): Mark Stemen, The Narrative of Climate Change October 16, 2019
     CSU, Chico Humanities Series Event, Ayres Hall 201, 5:30 p.m., free

Possibilities for Change in Butte County October 17, 2019
     League of Women Voters and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Speaker Series
     Gateway Science Museum, Chico, 7:00 p.m., free

  • Green Financing - How Do We Pay for It? John Mitchell, Jai J. Mitchell Analytics and author of Draft Implementation Plan for Chico
  • Zero Net Energy, Solar and GRID Alternatives for Butte County Steve Geiger, Technical Academy Manager & Solar Installation Officer, GRID Alternatives Nevada
  • Recycling Food Waste to Food Lee Altier, Professor of Agriculture, CSU, Chico

The World Evades Us: Surveying Composite Meanings of Place
Tammy LePham, Shanna Sordahl and Melanie Treuhaft
October 18–November 10, 2019
Artist's Reception: Friday October 18, 6-8pm 
The World Evades Us: Surveying Composite Meanings of Place, 1078 Gallery
October 18, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m. Artist Reception. Gallery exhibition October 18 – November 10
1710 Park Avenue, Chico   |   Gallery hours: Thursday–Sunday, 12-4pm
Artists: Tammy LePham, Shanna Sordahl, and Melanie Treuhaft

The Great Debate
October 25, 2019, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Speeches and Presentations (Chico City Hall), every hour on the hour
Cookies and Conversations (Chico City Plaza), sessions run every half hour
6:15pm-7:45pm Main Event (Chico State PAC 134)

“The purpose of the Chico Great Debate is to bring together members of the campus and community to engage in a dialogue around issues that have the potential to divide us. This semester's topic is Climate Change: Policy, Crisis, Justice.

The entire day of presentations and debates stresses active listening, respectful exchange, and collaborative civic learning through civil discourse.”

Film: Nanook of the North November 4, 2019
     CSU, Chico Humanities Film Series Event, Ayres Hall 106, 6:30 p.m., free

Town Hall Meeting November 7, 2019, 6:00p.m. - 8:45p.m.
     CSU, Chico, Bell Memorial Union (BMU)

Where are We Now – Chico Sustainability Actions and a Countywide View November 14, 2019       
     League of Women Voters and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Speaker Series
     Gateway Science Museum, Chico, 7:00 p.m., free

  • What’s Happening in Chico, Progress & Plans, Ann Schwab, Chico City Councilmember
  • Climate Change Education in Butte County Schools, Julie Heath, Schools for Climate Action
  • “Progress in Paradise” Susan Dobra, Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group member

Sense of Place Symposium December 5, 2019

Regenerative Agriculture: Tools to Remove & Sequester Carbon Dioxide December 5, 2019
     League of Women Voters and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Speaker Series
     Gateway Science Museum, Chico, 7:00 p.m., free
     A panel presentation on multiple, scalable tools:

  • Non-tillage, Cynthia Daley, Director Center for Regenerative Agriculture & Resilient Systems
  • Hedgerows, Roy Ekland, Co-owner, C & R Ranch, Paskenta
  • Plant Diversity and Grazing, Charlotte Ekland, Co-owner, C & R Ranch, Paskenta
  • Fiber Crops, Sandy Fisher, Flax farmer

Visiting Author: Anna Tsing, Feral Atlas: The More-than-Human Athropocene February 6, 2020
     CSU, Chico Humanities Series Event, Zingg Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m., free

This Way to Sustainability Conference March 26 & 27, 2020
This Way to Sustainability Conference is a nationally recognized, student-run conference focusing on challenges, ideas, solutions, and resiliency in planning our sustainable future. The conference hosts 1,400 participants each year with a variety of respected professionals speaking on the many aspects of sustainability. The goal of the conference is to educate students, staff and faculty, and community members; providing attendees an opportunity to network, discuss, and become more aware of pertinent environmental and social issues we all face.

Visiting Author: Jessica L Horton, Earth Diplomacy: Diné (Navajo) Arts of Reciprocity, 1966-1968 April 2, 2020
     CSU, Chico Humanities Series Event, Zingg Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m., free

We acknowledge and are mindful that CSU, Chico stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, and we recognize the Mechoopda and their distinctive spiritual relationship with this land and the waters that run through campus. We are humbled that our campus resides upon sacred lands that once sustained the Mechoopda people for centuries.