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How Serious Are The Problems Facing Our Species?

February 7, 2008, Center for British and Irish Studies (Norlin M549, Fifth Floor W)

Moderated by: Richard Brenne

Featured Panelists:

How Serious Is Peak Oil?

March 20, 2008, Center for British and Irish Studies (Norlin M549, Fifth Floor W)

Moderated by: Richard Brenne

Featured Panelists:

How Serious Is Climate Change?

April 17, 2008, Center for British and Irish Studies (Norlin M549, Fifth Floor W)

Moderated by: Richard Brenne

Featured Panelists:


Bibliography for the “How Serious Is. . .” Series



Brenne, Richard.  The Truth About Everything. Forthcoming 2008.


Diamond, Jared M.  Collapse:  How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.  New York:  Penguin Group (USA), 2005.
Norlin Stacks       HN13.D5 2005


Diamond, Jared M.  Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies.  New York:  W.W. Norton & Company, 1997.
Norlin Stacks       HM206.D48 2005


Diamond, Jared M.  The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal.  New York:  HarperCollins Publishers, 1992.



Freese, Barbara.  Coal: A Human History.  New York:  Basic Books, 2003.
Business Library  TN805.A5 F857 2003


Gore, Al.  An Inconvenient Truth:  The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It.  New York:  Rodale, 2006.

Math/Physics Library  QC981.8.G56 G67 2006


Heinberg, Richard.  Peak Everything:  Waking up to the Century of Decline.  Gabriola Island:  New Society Publishers, 2007.
Business Library   GF47.H45 2007


Henson, Robert.  Climate Change.  New York:  Rough Guides, 2006.


Henson, Robert.  The Rough Guide to Weather.  London:  Rough Guides, 2007.


Kunstler, James Howard.  The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century.  New York:  Grove/Atlantic, 2005.

Engineering Library TP355 .K86 2005


Lomborg, Bjorn.  Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming.  New York:  Knopf, 2007.
Math/Physics Library     QC981.8.G56 L657 2007


Meadows, Dennis et al. Limits to Growth:  The 30-Year Update.  White River Jct., VT:  Chelsea Green Publishing, 2004.
Norlin Stacks    HD75.6.M437 2004


Perlin, John.  A Forest Journey:  The Story of Wood and Civilization.  Woodstock, VT:  Countryman Press, 1989.



Vaclav, Smil.  Energy in World History.  Boulder, CO:  Westview Press, 1994.
Engineering Library    TJ163.5.S623 1994


Weisman, Alan.  The World Without Us.  New York:  St. Martin’s Press, 2007.



Zinn, Howard.  People’s History of the United States.  New York:  HarperCollins, 1995.

NORLIN STACKS E178 .Z75 1999



An Inconvenient Truth. Paramount Classics, 2006.


What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire. VisionQuest Pictures.


Tuvalu: That Sinking Feeling Global warming, rising seas. Blue Marble Production. December, 2005.


Atlantis Approaching. Milwaukee, WI: Blue Marble Production, 2006.

Norlin DVD Collection Call #: DVD 07-345


The Disappearing of Tuvalu: Trouble in Paradise Gilliane Le Gallic Color, France. April, 2004.


On the Web:

The Edible Schoolyard


Audio broadcast from OpenNewsNet: The Edible Schoolyard: Alice Waters and Jim Busch


Furger, Roberta. “Garden of Eating: Schoolers Grow Their Own Lunch.” Edutopia, March 2004.

Are We Getting the News? A Discussion on the State of News Media

April 17, 2008, Center for British and Irish Studies (Norlin M549, Fifth Floor W)
Presented with support from the Boulder Junior Chamber International and CU Boulder Friends of the Libraries

Moderated by: Polly McLean – associate professor in the CU School of Journalism and Mass Communication. McLean teaches courses in media theory, culture and society. She has vast international experiences in applied research having worked as a consultant for UNESCO, USAID, and the Academy for Educational Development and Pathfinder International. In 1999 and 2000, she was awarded a Fulbright to the University of Namibia in teaching pedagogy and curriculum development in media studies. She has taught at Howard University, Washington, D.C., University of Zambia-Lusaka and at the University of Namibia, Windhoek.


Featured Panelists:

  • Mike McDevitt – associate professor at the CU School of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching journalism and theory courses in media ethics and political communication. Prior to his teaching career, he worked for 8 years as a reporter and editorial writer for newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area. His research interests include political communication, political socialization, and journalism sociology. In the area of journalism sociology, McDevitt is conducting research on how anti-intellectualism in news media functions in social control through depictions of political dissent. Findings are derived from a case study on newspaper coverage of Ward Churchill.
  • Richard Brenne - author of the forthcoming book The Truth About Everything. Brenne has organized and moderated a series of discussions in Norlin Library highlighting Climate Change, Peak Oil, and Renewable Energy issues. He earned his bachelor’s degree and a master of fine arts from the UCLA film school. For more than three decades he’s been a successful screenwriter, winning the Jack Nicholson Award for Screenwriting and writing screenplays most recently produced by HBO and Warner Brothers. He has also had work published in The Christian Science Monitor, Sports Illustrated and other national newspapers and magazines.
  • Sue Salinger - an alternative participatory journalism for the past few years collaborating with citizen journalists and grass-roots social change organizations. She produced a newsweekly for national distribution on Free Speech TV for two years. She is an active member of the Media Consortium, a working group of independent, progressive publishers and producers that include The Nation and Mother Jones. Prior to this, she worked for two decades in mainstream radio and television in Detroit, Miami, San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles.
  • Juliet Wittman - instructor in the CU Program for Writing and Rhetoric, as well as the theatre critic for Westword, a Denver weekly. She contributes regular book reviews to the Washington Post. She began her journalism career with an anti-war newspaper in San Diego, worked as an investigative reporter for Westword, and served as an editor, reporter, and columnist for the Boulder Daily Camera for over 12 years.

Websites of Interest:

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting


Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA) -- Broadening Public Discourse


Project Censored - Media Democracy in Action


Media Education Foundation


Robert (Author of "Rich Media, Poor Democracy")


Media Consortium


Media Transparency: The money behind conservative media


Center for Media and Democracy | Publishers of PR Watch


Accuracy In Media - For Fairness and Balance in News Reporting


Pew Research Center: Journalists Weigh Future of Industry


Getting Duped: How the Media Messes with Your Mind: Scientific American



"Affirmative Action: Institutionalizing or Eliminating Racism?"

February 20, 2008, Center for British and Irish Studies (Norlin M549, Fifth Floor W)

Click here to download a PDF of the handout from the event

Moderated by: Eric Juenke

Featured Panelists:

Other suggested Affirmative Action resources:


In the Library:

Dale, Charles V (2002)  Affirmative action revisited : a legal history and prospectus / Charles V. Dale , [Washington, D.C.] : Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress ; [Bethesda, MD] : Distributed by Penny Hill Press
GOVPUB US  LC 14.17:RL30470


Douglass, John Aubrey  (2007) The conditions for admission : access, equity, and the social contract of public universities / John Aubrey Douglass , Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press
NORLIN STACKS  LB2351.2 .D68 2007


Kellough, J. Edward (2006) Understanding affirmative action : politics, discrimination, and the search for justice / J. Edward Kellough, Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press
NORLIN STACKS  KF4755.5 .K45 2006


The Supreme Court revisits affirmative action [electronic resource] : will Grutter and Gratz mean the end of Bakke? : [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, [2003]


On the web:

American Association for Affirmative Action ( ) is the association of professionals managing affirmative action, equal opportunity, diversity and other human resource programs.  Founded in 1974, the American Association for Affirmation Action (AAAA) is a national not-for-profit association of professionals working in the areas of affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity. We help our members to be more successful and productive in their careers. We promote understanding and advocacy of affirmative action to enhance access and equality in employment, economic and educational opportunities.


The Colorado Civil Rights Initiative (CoCRI) is dedicated to giving the people of Colorado the opportunity to end preferential treatment based on race, gender, ethnicity, or national origin by state and local governments.


Government Publications Subject Guide to Affirmative Action and Civil Rights


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