USD Just Read! 2016-2017
The Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos
USD Just Read! Encourages literacy and deep dialogue on social themes presented through outstanding literature. The program promotes active learning and reading not only within the USD community but within the San Diego community at large. During the 2016-2017 academic year, the book selection will be The Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos, written by Karen Lynnea Piper. Various CEE programs will be offered this fall, including two on-campus book discussions, a faculty led panel discussion, and related films.
Please contact us if you are interested in possible programming, course and syllabus integration, or any other collaborative projects for next year.
The Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos by Karen Lynnea Piper
“Imagine a world where water is only for those who can afford it. We’re already there. Karen Piper leads us through the frightening landscape where thirst is political, drought is a business opportunity, and multinational corporations control our most necessary natural resource. Visiting the hot spots of water scarcity and the hotshots in water finance, Piper shows what happens when global businesses buy up the water supply and turn off the taps of people who cannot pay.” Credit: University of Minnesota Press
USD Just Read! encourages literacy and deep dialogue on social themes presented through outstanding literature. The program promotes active learning and reading within the USD community. Programing includes presentations, book and panel discussions, films, and other events.
USD has unlimited access to this book as an electronic resource (E-Book). Contact us if you are interested in possible programming, course and syllabus integration, or any other collaborative projects for next year.
About the Author
"Karen Piper is the award-winning author of The Price of Thirst, Left in the Dust, and Cartographic Fictions. She grew up in China Lake, California, and is currently a literature and geography professor at the University of Missouri. The Price of Thirst is the winner in current events of the Next Generation Indie Book Award for 2014. She has also received a Sierra Nature Writing Award, a National Endowment of the Humanities Awards, a Huntington Fellowship, a Carnegie Mellon Fellowship, and a Sitka Center residency." Credit: Karen Piper
USD Just Read! Student Essay Contest
With a specific argument, consider a modern social challenge with direct relationships to issues raised by the content and/or context of Price of Thirst. Explain the central ethical concern related to this issue; outline the stakes of this issue, and consider who the primary stakeholders are. Finally, offer (at least) some general thoughts on how best to address and solve this issue. As part of your argument, the Price of Thirst should be discussed and cited directly. You may also cite outside sources, but it is not a requirement. Submissions may be individually or group authored.
- Essay should be 1200-1500 words.
- Entries due: December 14, 2016 via an online submission form
- Entries will be judged by select faculty and admin involved with USD Just Read!
- 1st Place $400
- 2nd Place $200
- 3rd Place $100
Submit your essays here!
Please note that only PDF format files are allowed to be uploaded through the application eform.
Fall 2016 Events
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Events are to be announced on the CEE events page.
The Price of Thirst Blackboard OrganizationA Blackboard Organization has been set up to reference and share resource materials related to this year’s USD Just Read selection, The Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos.
All USD faculty and staff are welcome to become members. If you are interested in having access to this Blackboard Organization, contact the CEE by phone (619-260-7402) or email (email@example.com) and request to be enrolled. If already enrolled, steps on how to access the 2016 - 2017 USD Just Read! See the Blackboard Organization page for more information.
Here are Some of the Key Collaborators for Events Related to USD Just Read!, The Price of Thirst
Center for Educational Excellence, School of Business Administration, College of Arts and Sciences, Student Affairs, Provost Office, Center for Community Service Learning, Center for Peace & Commerce, Office of Sustainability, Changemaker HUB, Center for Inclusion & Diversity, University Communications, Media and Digital Communications, Copley Library, Human Resources, Outdoor Adventures, Ahlers Center for International Business, University Ministry, Associated Students, Office of Parent Relations, Office of Alumni Relations, Living Learning Communities: Honors, Change, Faith & Reason.
The Price of Thirst (2016) Flyers