SBCC Reads 2014: The Big Burn


The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan
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Description
The Big Burn is the story of the 1910 wildfire that burned more than three million acres in two days across the national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Egan’s account of the nation’s largest wildfire is interwoven into the equally-dramatic story of President Teddy Roosevelt’s efforts, along with chief forester Gifford Pinchot, to fight the destruction of the country’s natural resources. Set against the backdrop of the fire, Egan chronicles the social, cultural, and political history that led to the formation of the U.S. Forest Service. Pioneers in this new notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot created the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by and preserved for every citizen.

Read and listen to more about the book and the author:

February 5th

The Luria Library distributes free copies of the book to interested students. We are hoping that when students finish reading the book, they will redistribute their copy to another reader! There will be a collection basket in the library for this purpose.

March 5th

Panel discussion in the library 3-4 p.m. with faculty experts

    Forests and Fires – Perceptions and Realities
    Panelists are Geordie Armstrong, Instructor (Cultural Geography, Geography of California), Chris Mailes, Instructor EMT and Captain at City of Santa Barbara Fire Department, and David Morris, Professor (American Environmental History)

Service learning opportunity: to be determined


Service Learning and Community Service: TBD

    Community Events:

    • March 4th: The author will speak at UCSB on March 4, 2014. The lecture will be held in Campbell Hall.
    • Check the UCSB Reads 2014 Events Page for a complete schedule of events for the UCSB Reads program.
    • Check for activities and community conversations sponsored by the Santa Barbara Public Library on their events page.


    Books to read
    Check out a few of the related books in the Luria Library collection:

    Films to watch

      A documentary about The Great Fire of 1910 (also commonly referred to as the Big Blowup or the Big Burn). A wildfire which burned about three million acres in northeast Washington, northern Idaho (the panhandle), and western Montana. The area burned included parts of the Bitterroot, Cabinet, Clearwater, Coeur d’Alene, Flathead, Kaniksu, Kootenai, Lewis and Clark, Lolo, and St. Joe national forests. The firestorm burned over two days (August 20–21, 1910), and killed 87 people, including 78 firefighters. It is believed to be the largest, although not the deadliest, fire in recorded U.S. history


      Tea Fire on the Westmont College campus. The wildfire started Nov. 13, 2008, destroying 210 homes in the Montecito and Santa Barbara communities. The blaze demolished eight Westmont buildings and 15 faculty homes, displacing 62 students, 18 faculty and nine staff members.

    Role of weather in fires
    Fire weather Outlook from the National Weather Service
    SBCC’s new weather station

    Websites

      Explore our local national forest The Lost Padres National Forest

    Get involved with clean up efforts

    See images from the Tea Fire on the Westmont College campus. The wildfire started Nov. 13, 2008, destroying 210 homes in the Montecito and Santa Barbara communities. The blaze demolished eight Westmont buildings and 15 faculty homes, displacing 62 students, 18 faculty and nine staff members.

    The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan
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    About this guide: In collaboration with UCSB Reads and Westmont Reads, Santa Barbara City College’s Luria Library will be hosting a number of events and activities to explore the issues raised as we read The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America together. This guide provides information about the book, local events, and ways you can get involved. We hope you’ll join the conversation!

    Purposes of SBCC Reads are to:

    • Explore interdisciplinary issues sparked by the selected book through conversations, readings, displays, and other activities. Free copies of the book will distributed to interested students; faculty members are encouraged to use the book in class curricula.
    • Generate informed discussion of key issues by promoting the reading and discussion of books on the broad themes in the book.
    • Focus on academic disciplines at SBCC which provide us with a broader understanding of the issues raised in the book.
    • Create further campus appreciation of the library and the role it plays in education and research.
    • Encourage the exchange of ideas with members of U.C. Santa Barbara, Westmont College, and other Santa Barbara community members.

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