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CSUB Partners with One Book, One Bakersfield with ‘The Big Thirst’

California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) is proud to present an evening of conversation and book signing with Charles Fishman, author of “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water” on Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m. in the CSUB Icardo Center. This event marks the finale of the 15th annual One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern project.

The One Book project is a community-wide initiative, which encourages students enrolled in elementary schools, high schools and colleges throughout Kern County to read the same or similar book. “The Big Thirst” is also the 2016-2017 Runner Reader book selection at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB). The Runner Reader Program is designed to engage first- year and transfer students throughout the first academic term of the school year by incorporating a required reading into the General Education course themes.

Fishman’s book explores our strange, complex relationship with water and how we take it for granted. California is in desperate battle to hold off a water catastrophe. In his text, Fishman demonstrates that a host of advances are underway, from the simplicity of harvesting rainwater to the brilliant innovations devised by large companies. According to Fishman, knowing what to do is not the problem; the hardest part is changing our water consciousness.

“We are honored to host the annual Runner Reader One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern finale event here at CSUB. It’s a great opportunity for not only our CSUB students, but students of all ages across the region to connect through Fishman’s book. ‘The Big Thirst’ discusses important issues for California as we navigate through the drought together,” said English Professor, Dr. Emerson Case.

One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern participating schools include: Kern High School District; Taft College; Bakersfield College; the Bakersfield City School District; Panama-Buena Vista School District, Rio Bravo – Greeley Union School District; Lamont, Buttonwillow and Semitropic School Districts (Kern Rural Teacher Residency Program); and Buttonwillow School District (Runner Read and Ride Program). Other community partners include the Kern County Library; Wells Fargo; Russo’s Books; Building Bridges Conference; and Kern Council of Teachers of English (KCTE).

KCTE also hosts a writing contest for matriculated students who are enrolled in the first-year

experience or first-year composition class at Bakersfield College; CSUB; Cerro Coso College;

Porterville College; or Taft College. This year, essayists are asked to explain their opinions on

water might have changed after reading Fishman’s book. The essay contest also required

students to share whether they agreed with Fishman’s assertions about water, and required them

to cite specific examples in the book that inspired change in their relationship with water. Prize

winners will be celebrated at an invitation-only reception prior to the evening event on October 27th.

Throughout the month of October, various activities are taking place across Kern County based around the theme of this year’s selection, including student plays and productions, a water activity and panel discussions. For more information about One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern events please contact Clad Plummer at 661-868-0701 and For more information on ‘An Evening with Charles Fishman’ please contact Emerson Case at 661- 654-6281 or Attendees are welcome to park for free in lot I after 6 pm on October 27th.

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