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Honors Colloquium

Library Book Programs

Readings on climate change, discussions guided by experts in relevant disciplines. Visit uri.edu/hc or call 401-874-2303 for information.


North Scituate Public Library -- People and Planet - Global Environmental Change

North Scituate LibraryLocal forester Paul Dolan will lead a three-book discussion series exploring human-caused global change, its consequences, and potential human responses:

Oct. 16, 6:30 PM: Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert
Nov. 6, 6:30 PM: Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas
Dec. 4, 6:30 PM: Common Wealth by Jeffrey Sachs

To register, please call the library at 401- 647-5133. Directions can be found here.



South Kingstown Public Library -- Book discussion

South Kingstown Library
A book discussion will be held at Kingston Free Library this fall, at a date to be determined.

Copies of the books are available at all 3 South Kingstown Libraries: Kingston Free Library, Peace Dale Library, and Robert Beverly Hale Library.

Also, join a discussion led by Dr. Arthur Spivack, professor, URI Graduate School of Oceanography on Nov. 19, 7:30. Contact Pam Meade for more information: (401) 783-8254 or pmead@skpl.org.

Directions to South Kingstown Public Library can be found here.



East Providence (Weaver) Public Library -- Concerned about global warming?
Weaver Library
Take this opportunity to learn! Read three books and join a discussion led by Dr. Steven D'Hondt, professor, URI Graduate School of Oceanography on Monday, November 10, 2008 at 7PM.

Contact Adult Services Librarian Joyce May at 401-435-1986 or jmay@eplib.org to register.

Directions to Weaver Library can be found here.

 



Exeter Public Library -- Book groups

Exeter Public Library

The Exeter Public Library is hosting the following book discussion groups as partners in the URI Honors Colloquium. All who have read the book are invited to attend. Copies of the books are available at the Exeter Public Library and can be requested through the state-wide library catalog. Each book will be discussed on two dates. No registration is required.

 

Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert. Wednesday, Sept 24 at 7:00 pm and on Saturday, Sept 27, 10:00 am
Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey D. Sachs. Wed. Oct 29 at 7:00 pm and on Saturday, Nov 1 at 10:00am
Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas. Wed. Dec 3 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, December 6th at 10:00 am.

More information about the book clubs will be available at the library website: www.exeterpubliclibrary.org.

The Exeter Public Library is located at 773 Ten Rod Road (Rt.102), Exeter. (Click here for Google Maps Link.)



Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library -- People & Planet Book Discussion Group
Weaver Library
The Jesse Smith Libary in Harrisville, RI, is forming a local People & Planet Book Discussion Group to meet once a month to read and discuss titles recommended by the Colloquium, and, at the end of the series, a scholar from URI will visit our group to lead a rountable discussion of the issues raised by our readings.

Please be sure to sign up for this important discussion series at the library's Circulation Desk. A limited number of copies of the discussion books will be available for participants to borrow. Call 401-710-7800 for more information.

People & Planet Discussion Group Schedule:

September 24th at 7:00 p.m. Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey D. Sachs
October 22th at 7:00 p.m. Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas
November 19th at 7:00 p.m. Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert
December: Date TBA Roundtable Discussion with URI

Directions to the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library can be found here.



Cranston Public Library, William Hall Branch -- Discussion groups

Cranston Public Library
The Hall Library will be a satellite location for the 2008 URI Honors Colloquium; "People and Planet: Global Environmental Change." The program is free and open to the public. The Hall Library is handicapped accessible.

Call John Bucci (781-2450) or email jbucci@cranstonlibrary.org to reserve a copy of the discussion books.

 

Discussion Group Schedule:

Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert. Sept 8 at 6:30 pm
Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey D. Sachs. Oct 20 at 6:30 pm
Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas. Nov 17 at 6:30 pm

Directions to the William Hall Library can be found here.



George Hail Free Library -- People and Planet: Global Environmental Change Book Club
George Hail Library
A great learning opportunity! This fall, we are hosting a book and discussion group in collaboration with the URI Honors Colloquium on Global Environmental Change. The dates of the discussion groups are:

October 8th at 11:00 a.m. Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert
November 12th at 11:00 a.m. Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey D. Sachs
December 3rd at 11:00 a.m. Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas

The group will culminate with a group meeting led by a scientist from the URI program, discussing all of the material. Date of this is to be announced.

All of the books are available at the Reference Desk and can be picked up as a set.

The program is limited to 10 participants and registration is required. Please call the library at 245-7686 to register. For more information, call Carol Shedd at the George Hail Library.

Directions to George Hail Library can be found here.



North Kingstown Free Library-- People and Planet-Global Environmental Change

North Kingstown Free Library
URI scientist-led book discussions in conjunction with the URI Honors Colloquium Fall 2008.

Discussion Group Schedule:

Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert
Wednesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas
December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey D. Sachs

Books will be available at the library. To register, contact Susan Berman 401-294-3306, ext. 123 or sberman@nklibrary.org

Directions to the North Kingstown Free Library can be found here.



Providence Public Library
-- Climate change discussion with John King, Ph.D
Providence Public Library
In New England we say, "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute," but what do climate models and current research really tell us about the future of Rhode Island's coastal environments?

Join John King, Ph.D., Professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, for a discussion of his field research and a Q&A about the likely impact of climate change on our coast.

Sunday, September 14, 2008 2:00 PM-3:00 PM

http://www.provlib.org/calendar.asp?id=81357

Directions to Providence Public Library can be found here: Google Maps | MapQuest

 

 

Please visit uri.edu/hc for current colloquium information and directions, or contact the URI Honors Center at 401-874-2381 or debg@uri.edu.

Major Sponsor:

The G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation

Sustaining Sponsors:

URI Office of the President; URI Honors Program; The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment; The Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment.

Leadership Sponsors:

URI Graduate School of Oceanography and URI College of Arts and Sciences.

Sponsors:

Environmental Data Center, URI Department of Natural Resources Science; R.I. Center for the Book at Providence Public Library; R.I. Office of Library and Information Services; R.I. Sea Grant College Program; U.S. E.P.A. Office of Research and Development, Atlantic Ecology Division; URI Classroom Media Services; URI Coastal Institute; URI College of Business Administration; URI College of Engineering; URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences; URI College of Human Science and Services; URI College of Nursing; URI College of Pharmacy; URI Division of Student Affairs; URI Division of University Advancement and the URI Alumni Association; URI Foundation; URI Office of the Provost; URI Office of the Vice President for Administration; URI Office of the Vice Provost for Information Technology Services; URI University College.

Colloquium Coordinators:

Professor Steven D'Hondt, Graduate School of Oceanography;
Professor Arthur Spivack, Graduate School of Oceanography;
Professor Judith Swift, Theatre and Communication Studies.

For information about ways to support the Honors Colloquium, contact Tom Zorabedian at 401-874-2853 or zman@foundation.uri.edu.