A message from the Directors of the Center of Investigation

As directors of the Center of Investigation for the 2012-13 IN FOCUS  theme of Sustainability, Don St. John and I would like to encourage all members of the campus community to join with the first year students in a common reading of Living Downstream by Sandra Steingraber.  In our very broad working definition of sustainability (see below), you will see that community and quality of life are important elements.  The topics in the book speak to the quality of life issue, and we believe that a campus-wide common reading helps to strengthen community and a sense of shared experience.

The book is a rare mix of interpretation of scientific literature – on a topic that is relevant to all of us--with an almost poetic writing style.  Many of the issues raised in the book will be great subjects for campus conversations next year. Copies are available in the Moravian College bookstore.

If you would like to see some samples of Sandra’s writing before diving into her book, here are links to a few short articles from Orion Magazine.

http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/6267/
http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/5839/
http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/6162/