The books and other materials for the reading series, “Wilderness Considered,” can now be checked out at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The first scholar-led discussion will be “Wilderness Imagined,” on Wednesday, May 14, in the library Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave., with Dr. Alan Marshal, Anthropology Professor Emeritus, Lewis-Clark State College at Lewiston.
The reading materials and discussion leaders have been provided by the Idaho Humanities Council, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The series was created in observance of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act.
There is no charge to participate and discussions will be open to the public whether or not attendees have read the books and essays. The books for the series include: “American Wilderness: A New History,” edited by Michael Lewis, Oxford University Press, 2007, and “Indian Creek Chronicles: A Winter Alone in the Wilderness, by Pete Fromm, Picador Press, 2003.
Up to 25 copies of the books and binder of related essays are available and should be checked out no later than May 9. Participants will need to have a valid library card.
Subsequent discussions – all on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. – and their discussion leaders include:
► May 21: “Wilderness Pursued,” Dr. Jennifer Ladino, University of Idaho English Department.
► June 4: “Wilderness Framed,” Dr. Adam Sowards, University of Idaho History Department.
► June 11: “Wilderness Guarded,” Dr. Jennifer Ladino.
► June 18: “Wilderness Brought Home,” Dr. Scott Slovic, University of Idaho English Department.
Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315.