What ILS is Reading
Cathy Middlecamp is reading "Navigating Environmental Attitudes" by Tom Heberlein, professor emeritus of UW-Madison Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, Oxford University Press, 2012. It's helpful as I am putting together my new ILS course, 126. Here's a quote: "Trying to solve environmental problems by changing attitudes is a little like packing dynamite on a canoe trip and trying to blow up every rock in your way. It's better to learn how to read water and avoid collisions with rocks."
Kathi Sell: All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age, by Harvard's Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly. Two philosophers look for relevant meaning in the classics. Includes wonderful chapters such as: From Dante to Kant: The Attractions and Dangers of Autonomy." Two tomes to put into historical perspective and trace some of the structural, political and philosophical roots of the "Great Recession" and the pitched politics surrounding it: Thomas K. McCraw's The Founders and Finance: How Hamilton, Gallatin, and Other Immigrants Forged a New Economy, and William Hogeland's Founding Finance: How Debt, Speculation, Foreclosures, Protests, and Crackdowns Made Us a Nation. Also, Examined Lives: from Socrates to Nietzsche by James Miller. Crisp, wonderful biographies of twelve philosophers, including Aristotle, Montaigne, Kant, Emerson, etc. and Patrick Somerville's latest novel, The Bright River.
Michael Vanden Heuvel: Jacques Rancière, the Emancipated Spectator; Bruce Clarke, Energy Forms: Allegory and Science in the Era of Classical Thermodynamics; and Chris Salter, Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance. Mike is also reading this article: "'The Acceptable Face of the Unintelligible': Intermediality and the Science Play."