The Global Read


    The Upcoming Global Reads

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    Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

    By Robin Kimmerer

    November 24 at 7 am Pacific Time

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    BraidingAs a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers.

    In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings two lenses of knowing together (tools of science and indigenous wisdom) to reveal what it means to see humans as "the younger brothers of creation". As she explores these themes, she circles toward a central argument: The awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the world. Once we begin to listen for the languages of other beings, we can begin to understand the innumerable life-giving gifts the world provides us and learn to offer our thanks, our care, and our own gifts in return. 

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    Voices in the Air - Poems for Listeners

    By Naomi Shihab Nye
    December 15th at 7 am pacific time
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    Voices in the Air is a stunning collection of almost one hundred original poems written by the award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye in honor of the artists, writers, poets, historical figures, ordinary people, and diverse luminaries from past and present who have inspired her. Full of words of encouragement, solace, and hope, this collection offers a message of peace and empathy.

    Voices in the Air celebrates the inspirational people who strengthen and motivate us to create, to open our hearts, and to live rewarding and graceful lives. With short informational bios about the influential figures behind each poem, and a transcendent introduction by the poet, this is a collection to cherish, read again and again, and share with others.


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    Sand Talk - How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World

    by Tyson Yunkaporta
    April 13, 2021 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time
    Mark your Calendars: Registration will be open March 2021!

    Sand Talk



    This remarkable book is about everything from echidnas to evolution, cosmology to cooking, sex and science and spirits to Schrödinger’s cat.

    As an indigenous person, Tyson Yunkaporta looks at global systems from a unique perspective, one tied to the natural and spiritual world. In considering how contemporary life diverges from the pattern of creation, he raises important questions. How does this affect us? How can we do things differently?

    In this thoughtful, culturally rich, mind-expanding book, he provides answers.


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