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Resilience is the ability of a system – like a family, a country or Earth’s biosphere – to cope with short-term disruptions and adapt to long-term changes without losing its essential character. Today we face four major crises – environmental, energy, economic, and equity – that challenge the resilience of the systems we care about and the futures of our students. These books will help us talk about these critical issues and the opportunities they offer for change.Check out the 2018-20 Books!
2018-20: building community resilience
Teaching economics? Food security? Homelessness? Energy? Equity? Health? The 2018-20 Books of the Year offer excellent opportunities to enhance student engagement on these topics and promote student success!
The UAA/APU Books of the Year program offers faculty a chance to use shared texts to engage students in conversations around critical themes. The question of how to build community resilience is a hot topic now in communities around the world, including Anchorage.
Common intellectual experiences -- like Books of the Year programs – are a recognized, evidence-based High Impact Practice that supports student success. UAA and APU faculty have selected six books to use over the next two years as the basis for these discussions. The books offer multiple ways to approach this complex topic, ranging from an academic exploration of systems thinking and the synergies between economics, energy, equity and the environment (The Community Resilience Reader) to a call to action on the climate crisis (This Changes Everything) and the best climate solutions (Drawdown) to impassioned essays on community survival by a major Indigenous leader (The Winona LaDuke Chronicles) to creative works highlighting the resilience of individuals and communities impacted by poverty, racism, and extreme weather events (Threadbare and Salvage the Bones). Three books will be highlighted each year, with special events, guest speakers and more!
Join your colleagues in engaging discussions about these important texts and issues!
Past Themes and BooksResources for each theme include reader's guides, faculty resources, and supplemental materials.
As an avid reader and a Professor Emeritus in English from UAA, I find many organizations and programs that want me involved. I choose to get involved with UAA/APU Books of the Year because I think it’s one of the best programs around, and every dollar I donate to it goes right to the program (instead of overhead or salaries). Every year two or three thought-provoking books are selected and then all UAA/APU students are encouraged to read and discuss them. It’s one of the most worthwhile programs I know.