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Resilience Reading Project: Fall 2014


The death of local activist and environmentalist Bob Russell left a huge void in northern Michigan. Before his passing, he shared with his friends and colleagues a carefully curated list of books he felt can help us understand what we can do to make sure our community is economically, environmentally, and socially as healthy and resilient as possible. The idea behind the new reading project is a simple one: In each season of the year, a broad community will come together to read one of the books recommended by Bob, discuss its themes and lessons, celebrate the region’s strengths, and acknowledge the work that remains.

WHAT: Bob Russell Resilience Reading Project -- Fall 2014

WHEN: November 18, 2014 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Horizon Books-Horizon Shine Cafe, 243 East Front Street, Downtown Traverse City

WHATThe World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Futureby Laurence C. Smith

The world’s population is exploding, wild species are vanishing, and our environment is degrading. What kind of world are we leaving for our children and grandchildren? Just who will flourish-and who will fail-in our evolving world? 

Combining the lessons of geography and history with state-of-the-art model projections and analytical data, Laurence C. Smith predicts how the eight nations of the Arctic Rim (including the United States) will become increasingly powerful while the nations around the equator struggle for survival. 

The Nov. 18 discussion, which coincides with Bob’s birthday, will be led by Gary Howe—photojournalist, writer, NMC educator, Traverse City commissioner, and Neahtawanta Center board member.

Also, let us know if you want to host your own discussion! Call Sally Van Vleck at (231) 223-7315 for more information.

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