One Book, One University

ConservManifestoScottRussellSanders2015As part of the Freshman La Verne Experience, all freshmen will participate in a common reading program in their FLEX Learning Community to help integrate into the broader community of learners at the University of La Verne.  The One Book, One University program promotes reading and the discussion of diverse perspectives as a common intellectual experience, teaches writing as a way of learning through reflection, and encourages civic communication while actively engaged in the world. In particular, the One Book, One University Program integrates La Verne’s four core values into student learning:

  • A values orientation that encourages students to reflect upon personal, professional, and societal values;
  • A respect for diverse communities and the biodiversity of the planet;
  • Active lifelong learning;
  • Engaged community service.

This year’s selection is The Conservationist Manifesto by Scott Russell Sanders.  Mr. Sanders will visit campus for a lecture in fall semester, October 7, 2015, 12:00 PM (Students), 7:00 PM (General Public).  Location: Morgan Auditorium.

The event is free.

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Author Scott Russell Sanders is the national winner of the 2010 Indiana Authors Award.  As an antidote to the destructive culture of consumption dominating American life today, Scott Russell Sanders calls for a culture of conservation that allows us to savor and preserve the world, instead of devouring it. How might we shift to a more durable and responsible way of life? What changes in values and behavior will be required? Ranging geographically from southern Indiana to the Boundary Waters Wilderness and culturally from the Bible to billboards, Sanders extends the visions of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Rachel Carson to our own day. A Conservationist Manifesto shows the crucial relevance of a conservation ethic at a time of mounting concern about global climate change, depletion of natural resources, extinction of species, and the economic inequities between rich and poor nations. The important message of this powerful book is that conservation is not simply a personal virtue but a public one.

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Previous One Book, One University selections include:

2014                       2013                      2012

EnriquesJourney   LJRodriguez_Book






2011                       2010

MBayoumi_Book    SLopez_Book