The Story of Climate Change Reading Group


The McGillicuddy Humanities Center is sponsoring a reading group on “The Story of Climate Change,” part of their 2020-2021 annual symposium of the same title. Professor Laura Cowan from WGS was awarded a MHC faculty grant to lead the reading group with Marilyn Sigman, author of Entangled: People and Ecological Change in Alaska’s Kachemak Bay (2018). The book was the recipient of the 2020 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Natural Science Writing.

Climate change is a scientific, political, and capitalistic process. The author’s book examines the region’s interwoven history of Native life and natural life, change, and displacement, making connections to her own  Jewish heritage in the process. The story has relevance and urgency for us all, and holds many parallels to similar stories of climate change in Maine.

The reading group will meet via Zoom on Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:30 pm, on February 18, February 25, March 4, and March 11, focusing on a different section of the book each week. Free copies of the book that were available to registrants on a first come, first serve basis have been claimed. The UMaine bookstore has ordered additional copies of the book for purchase, and the library has secured a digital edition. If you are unable to afford or find a copy, please reach out for assistance.

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