“Honors Reads” Radio Show Brings New Ideas to Environmental Sustainability
April 7, 2011 -- The Honors Program at Western State College of Colorado (WSC) has produced a radio series of book discussions called “Honors Reads,” which airs on Saturdays in April on KWSB (91.1 FM), the college’s radio station.
Over the course of five episodes, four WSC professors will try to convince each other that their book choice is the best one to read about sustainability.
The battling bibliophiles are: Paul Edwards, professor of theatre who is advocating Bell Hook’s work “Belonging;” Karen Hausdoerffer, adjunct honors and environmental studies faculty member who is promoting Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities;” Maria Struble, assistant professor of politics and government who is arguing for Avishai Margalit’s “The Ethics of Memory;” and Heather Thiessen-Reily, professor of history and director of Honors Program who is presenting “Prodigal Summer” by Barbara Kingsolver.
“Since the basic definition of sustainability is ‘the capacity to endure,’ the book that is designated the Honors Reads book for 2011 will indeed be the best illustration of the notion and nature of sustainability. But more importantly it is hoped that our listeners will enjoy the lively book discussions and come to think about sustainability in new and surprising ways. We hope our listeners will be inspired to read one if not all of the books being discussed,” remarked Thiessen-Reily.
The program is moderated by Wally Lewis, professor of history. The program was recorded and edited by members of COTH 362 with executive producer Terry Schliesman, professor of communication and theatre. The script was written by Thiessen-Reily and the program was inspired by CBC Radio’s Canada Reads program.
Episodes can also be heard and accessed on the KWSB Web page at http://www.kwsb.org.