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UT Arlington announces 2009-10 OneBook

News Release — 21 April 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: Sue Stevens, Senior Media Relations Officer, 817-272-3317, sstevens@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington OneBook/Conversations committee has announced "Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future" by Bill McKibben as the book for 2009-10 academic year.

"The book is a provocative volume by renowned environmental author Bill McKibben," said Christopher Conway, associate professor of modern languages and co-chairman of the OneBook program. "McKibben's prose is beautiful, and his insights into the long-term challenge of sustainability are penetrating."

Deep Economy argues that the present globalized economy has been detrimental to human happiness and community, to food safety and to the environment. McKibben notes that there will not be enough fossil fuels, water and food to support the world if patterns of consumption continue at the present rate in both the developed and developing worlds. To address this looming problem, McKibben proposes smaller scale, more sustainable economic models of production, consumption and behavior.

UT Arlington's OneBook Program was created to foster critical thinking and to promote a sense of community among first-year students and the entire campus. Each year the OneBook program selects a book for all incoming freshmen to explore in their English Composition classes. A theme, taken from the book, serves as an anchor for a broad array of interdisciplinary events and exchanges, titled "Conversations," that are open to the entire community.

Dawn Remmers, co-chairwoman of the OneBook program, also is director of university advising and student success. She said the program's shared intellectual experience serves as a vehicle for introducing new students to the community of scholars and lifelong learners where ideas are discussed, debated and explored, both in and outside of the classroom.  Although the book is required reading for freshman, Remmers said the entire community is invited to be a part of the shared experience.

E-mail onebook@uta.edu for more information on the program.

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