This summer, we are reading and discussing Dina Gilio-Whitaker’s As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock. If a video was made of our discussions, it can be viewed by clicking on the chapter title.

Date Chapter Pages Title Leader
May 26 Introduction 1-17 The Standing Rock Saga (Click here for video) Mary Jane
June 2 Chapter 1 15-33 Environmental Justice Theory and Its Limitations
for Indigenous Peoples
June 9 Chapter 2 35-52 Gemocide by Any Other Name David
June 16 Chapter 3 53-72 The Complicated Legacy of Western Expansion
and the Industrial Revolution
June 23 Chapter 4 73-90 Food Is Medicine, Water Is Life
June 30 Chapter 5 91-110 (No So) Strange Bedfellows
July 7 Chapter 6 111-127 Hearts Not on the Ground
July 14 Chapter 7 129-145 Sacred Sites and Environmental Justice
TBD Chapter 8 147-162 Ways Forward for Environmental Justice in Indian Country

For this book, the notes may be useful. They contain more information than just references.

On Sunday, 18 May, we had a special session where Jack told us about 1619: Jamestown and the forging of American Democracy by James Horn. An interesting discussion followed at the end. You can see the recording of our discussions here. David pointed out that Horn gave a lecture on this topic in 2018 and it can be seen on-line at the web site of the Virginia Museum of History & uluture.

To watch videos of our prior discussions of

  1. several TED talks,
  2. Jonathan Sacks’s book Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times,
  3. Kristin Kobes Du Mez’s book Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation,
  4. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s book The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is our Song,
  5. Elaine Pagels’s book Revelations: Vision, Prophecy, & Politics in the Book of Revelation and
  6. Craig R. Koester’s Great Courses video lectures titled Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History
  7. Peniel Joseph’s book The Third Reconstruction: America’s Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century.
  8. The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones
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