CSU, Chico News

Book in Common, ‘Unquenchable,’ Kick-off in City Plaza Sept. 13

Date: 09-05-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Bill Loker
Dean, Undergraduate Education

The Book in Common Program will launch its new book for 2012-2013 on Thursday, Sept. 13, 6–7 p.m. in Chico’s City Plaza. It is the first of a year-long schedule of events surrounding Robert Glennon's book, “Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What to Do About It.” Everyone is invited to the kick-off. People are encouraged to read the book and attend events focused on the book and its theme: the water crisis across America.

President Paul Zingg, California State University, Chico, and Superintendent/President Kimberly Perry, Butte College, will speak about the Book in Common program, a common endeavor of the two colleges. Mayor Anne Schwab will read a proclamation from the city of Chico. Mayor Steve Culleton of Paradise and Butte County Supervisor Maureen Kirk will also speak.

In addition to the speakers, students will present brief readings from the book, and tables will be set up by local water organizations, from Cal Water to the Sacramento River Trust.

“We feel that ‘Unquenchable’ will create lively and meaningful conversations and discussions on a topic of central importance to our community,” said Superintendent/President Perry.

Another important event this month is the showing of “Last Call at the Oasis,” a documentary about the global water crisis, on Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. at the Pageant Theatre in Chico. The film is being presented by BIC and the Osher Life Long Learning Institute as a fundraiser.

The Book in Common, chosen each year by a group of university faculty and staff and community members, is a shared community read, designed to promote discussion and understanding of important issues facing the broader community. There are dozens of campus and community partners that support the book in common program, including the cities of Chico, Paradise and Oroville, the Butte County Library, the Butte Literacy Council, The Butte County Board of Supervisors, Cal Water, The Butte Environmental Council, Sacramento River Trust and the Yahi Group of the Sierra Club, to name a few.

For more information on the BIC Program and other events, visit the BIC webpage at www.csuchico.edu/bic.