Book of the Year

Latest Information about the 2016/2017 Book of the Year

For the latest updates about the 2016/2017 Humboldt State Univeresity Book of the Year "The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World" by Andrea Wulf - check out the website.

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2016/2017 Book of the Year Author Visit October 24th

Book of the Year Author Talk and Book Signing at Humboldt State University: Van Duzer Theatre October 24, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Ms. Wulf will be doing a talk on the 2016/2017 Book of the Year, her book “The Invention of Nature. Alexander von Humboldt’s New World”. The talk is beautifully illustrated and will be followed with a book signing in the lobby.

‘The Invention of Nature. Alexander von Humboldt’s New World’ Author Talk
Andrea Wulf reveals in her new book the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and how he created the way we understand nature today. Though almost forgotten today, his name lingers everywhere from the Humboldt Current to the Humboldt penguin. Humboldt was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax–infested Siberia. Perceiving nature as an interconnected global force, Humboldt discovered similarities between climate zones across the world and predicted human-induced climate change. He turned scientific observation into poetic narrative, and his writings inspired naturalists and poets such as Darwin, Wordsworth and Goethe but also politicians such as Jefferson. Wulf also argues that it was Humboldt’s influence that led John Muir to his ideas of preservation and that shaped Thoreau’s ‘Walden’. Wulf traces Humboldt’s influences through the great minds he inspired in revolution, evolution, ecology, conservation, art and literature.  In The Invention of Nature Wulf brings this lost hero to science and the forgotten father of environmentalism back to life.

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Stories of the River, Stories of the People: Memory on the Klamath River Basin

A special presentation by the guest curator, Brittani Orona, followed by a reception and gallery viewing.

Friday | February 19, 2016

Talk 3:30 – 4:30 PM | Reception 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Goudi’ni Native American Arts Gallery | BSS Building | 1st Floor

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Book of the Year Film Series: Klamath Film Fridays

Book of the Year Film Series - Klamath Film Fridays

12 – 1:30pm, Library Fishbowl (Room 209)

February 5

BATTLE FOR THE KLAMATH  (Director:  Steve Johnson, 56min, 2006)

Facilitator: Marlon Sherman, Native American Studies 

The Klamath River, snaking through southern Oregon and northern California through some of the most pristine wilderness remaining in the west, is the focus of an intense battle over fish, water and conflicting ways of life, between upstream farmers on one side and downstream Native American tribes, commercial fishermen and environmentalists on the other. 


March 25

A RIVER BETWEEN US   (Director:  Jason Atkinson, 90min, 2015)

12 - 1:30pm  Library Fishbowl
A RIVER BETWEEN US (Director: Jason Atkinson, 90min, 2015)
Balancing the sheer beauty of the river’s surface with its underlying ills of injustice and inequality, the film focuses on the personal stories of a group of individuals who finally chose to put the past behind them and came together to create a historic water rights compromise for the good of all. 
6 – 8pm, Native Forum Craig Tucker, Natural Resources Policy Advocate for the Karuk Tribe and Frankie Meyers, Yurok tribal member and Klamath Justice Coalition Representative will facilitate a post screening discussion


April 29 at noon

RETURN OF THE RIVER  (Directors: John Gussman & Jessica Plumb, 69min, 2014)

Facilitator:  Kerri Malloy, Native American Studies

Balancing the sheer beauty of the river’s surface with its underlying ills of injustice and inequality, the film focuses on the personal stories of a group of individuals who finally chose to put the past behind them and came together to create a historic water rights compromise for the good of all.


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2016-2017 Book of the Year: The Invention of Nature

The Humboldt State University Book of the Year for 2016-2017 is Andrea Wulf's "The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World"

For more information about this book check out the website. The author Andrea Wulf will be on campus in Fall 2016. Are you interested in participating in the planning for Book of the Year? Contact Sarah Fay Philips in the Library.

cover of Invention of Nature

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North Coast Journal Article about current Klamath River Conditions

Relevant cover story from the North Coast Journal published on September 24, 2015:

Murky Waters: The cause and effect of the Yurok Tribe's withdrawal from the Klamath Agreements remain unclear

by Thadeus Greenson

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Theresa May and Gordon Bettles Video

Video of: Gordon Bettles, steward of the UO's Many Nations Longhouse and member of the Klamath tribe, appears with Theresa May, Theatre Arts and codeveloper of the play "Salmon is Everything." They talk about the importance of salmon to Native culture and the devastating fish kill on the Klamath River in 2002. The play, staged by the UO'sUniversity Theatre May 20-June 4, addresses the cultural and spiritual dimensions of Klamath River water rights.


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Review of "Salmon is Everything"

“Salmon is Everything is an excellent text for many areas of the American Indian studies curriculum. It presents an amazing story and has helped renew and strengthen my faith in the value and importance of theatre as a cultural resource for American Indian people. The centerpiece, the play Salmon is Everything, is ceremonial performance in its most creatively realized and purposeful form.”

—Hanay Geiogamah, Kiowa Tribe Playwright and Professor of Theater, University of California at Los Angeles

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2015/2016 Book of the Year: Salmon is Everything

Salmon Is Everything:Community-Based Theatre in the Klamath Watershed

By: Theresa May with Suzanne Burcell, Kathleen McCovey, and Jean O'Hara. Foreword by Gordon Bettles.

"After a devastating fish kill on the Klamath River, tribal members and theatre artist Theresa May developed a play to give voice to the central spiritual and cultural role of salmon in tribal life. Salmon Is Everything presents the script of that play, along with essays by artists and collaborators that illuminate the process of creating and performing theatre on Native and environmental issues.

Salmon Is Everything simultaneously illuminates the logistics of a crisis in the third largest watershed in the Pacific Northwest—the premature death of more than 30,000 salmon on the Lower Klamath River in 2002—and documents what happened when one community decided to use art to amplify the experiences of its members. The fish kill had unprecedented impact throughout the watershed, and for many tribal communities it signified an ongoing loss of traditional cultural practices. But in the political and ecological upheaval that followed, the role of salmon in tribal life went largely unacknowledged, which inspired the collaboration between May and members of the Yurok, Hoopa Valley, and Karuk tribes, as well as farmers, ranchers, and others invested in the Klamath watershed.

Salmon is Everything will appeal to readers interested in the environmental and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest and the ecological and civil challenges its communities face. For artists and activists, it’s a useful case study. Salmon is Everything offers a unique interdisciplinary resource for high school and college level courses in environmental studies, Native American studies, and theatre arts education."

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