The College Reads!

The College Reads! is the College of Charleston’s campus-wide common reading program designed to connect students, faculty, and staff around a single book to promote the idea that liberally educated people read broadly and discuss with one another ideas arising from the books they share.  All incoming students and roster faculty receive a copy of the book. Additional copies are made available for borrowing and sharing widely across campus.

2021-2022 Book Selection

The College Reads! book selection for 2021 is The Story of More, by Hope Jahren (2020). 

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The Story of More grew out of a class Dr. Jahren was teaching on climate change, and a desire to translate data about the consequences of our population growth on the planet. In concise, highly readable chapters, she takes us through the science behind key inventions from electric power to large-scale farming to automobiles that release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. She explains the consequences of global warming from superstorms to rising sea levels and the actions that we all can take to fight back. The Story of More is an essential primer on climate change and the mechanisms that drive it.

The author, Dr. Hope Jahren, is an award-winning scientist who has been pursuing independent research in paleobiology since 1996, when she completed her PhD at University of California Berkeley and began teaching and researching first at the Georgia Institute of Technology and then at Johns Hopkins University. She is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences. She was a tenured professor at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu from 2008 to 2016, where she built the Isotope Geobiology Laboratories, with support from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. She currently holds the J. Tuzo Wilson professorship at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Dr. Jahren will participate in a virtual visit to campus will on Oct. 25-26, 2021. A public talk will be livestreamed into the Sottile Theater on Monday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A. Dr. Jahren will virtually visit classes on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.

All incoming students and roster faculty receive a copy of the book. Alternate formats of the book are available.  Additional  copies are made available for borrowing and sharing widely across campus. All faculty and incoming students are encouraged to read this selection as it will be connected to the academic curriculum and campus activities throughout the year.  

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