Our book discussion library

During the Spring & Fall semesters, the UIC Heritage Garden interns have weekly book discussions where they take turns presenting on the chapters they read, their thoughts, and ask questions to their fellow interns. This creates the opportunity for interns to reflect on what they have read collectively and in the ways it can be related to their lives and communities. 

The goal of these book discussions is to learn, be challenged, and think critically. 

 

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Fall 2015 

This unique and insightful text offers an exploration of the origins and subsequent development of the concept of ‘just sustainabilities ‘. Introducting Just Sustainabilities discusses key topics such as food justice, sovereignty and urban agriculture; community, space, place (making) and spatial justice; the democratization of our streets and public spaces; how to create culturally inclusive spaces; intercultural cities and social inclusion; ‘green collar jobs’ and the just transition as well as alternative economic models such as coproduction.
— Juliana Gyeman

Spring 2016

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Chasing Chiles looks at both the future of place-based foods and the effects of climate change on agriculture through the lens of the chile pepper - from the farmers who cultivate this iconic crop to the cuisines and cultural traditions in which peppers play a huge role... Chiles are delicious, dynamic, and very diverse - they have been rapidly adopted, adapted, and assimilated into numerous world cuisines, and while malleable to a degree, certain heirloom varieties are deeply tied to place and culture - but now accelerating climate change may be scrambling their terroir.
— www.chasingchiles.com/?page_id=2

Fall 2016 

Environmental justice and sustainability have evolved over the past two decades to provide new and exciting directions for public policy and planning, but the relationship between their movements has traditionally been uneasy. What might, at first glance, seem like an obvious case for coalition is fraught with ideological and other concerns. How has it come to this, and how can we move forward?... This book is vital to the efforts of community organizers, academics, policymakers, and everyone interested in more livable communities.
— Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice

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Spring 2017 

Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon - it’s about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better... Klein exposes the myths that are clouding the climate debate. We have been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day... Climate change, Klein argues, is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms, and droughts.
— http://thischangeseverything.org/book/