The Oswego Reading Initiative (ORI) is pleased to announce Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert as the selection for summer 2008. Each year the members of the SUNY Oswego campus and the Oswego community get together to identify a book to read during the summer. This book also becomes the focus of discussions for some of the courses in the following academic year with many events outside of the classroom that relate to it as well.
Elizabeth Kolbert traveled from Alaska to Greenland, and visited top scientists, to get to the heart of the debate over global warming. Growing out of a groundbreaking three-part series in The New Yorker (which won the 2005 National Magazine Award in the category Public Interest), Field Notes brings the environment into the consciousness of the American people and asks what, if anything, can be done, and how we can save our planet. We hope that you enjoy the book as much as we have and look forward to the events organized around campus related to Field Notes. Each year we sponsor an essay contest for new students related to the ORI selection.