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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 

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Introduction

“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 Headshot

"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

Essay Topic

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 Rules

  • 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!

Essay Prizes

  • 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

Register for all other events online, or call (619) 260-7402, or email cee@sandiego.edu

The Price of Thirst Blackboard Organization 

A 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 (cee@sandiego.edu) 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

USD Just Read! 2016-2017 Book Selection Announcement 

USD Just Read! 2016-2017 Events Flyer

USD Just Read! 2016-2017 Faculty Integration Award Flyer

USD Just Read! 2016-2017 Student Essay Contest Flyer

The Price of Thirst (2016) Resources

About:

University of Minnesota Press

Articles:

On California's Water-Free Future by Karen Piper

No Money No Water by Karen Piper

Explore the Frightening Landscape by Karen Piper

Dreams, Dust and Birds: The Trashing of Owens Lake by Karen Piper

Revolution of the Thirsty by Karen Piper

Book Reviews:

Fresh Fiction Review

Kirkus Review

Vox Magazine Review

Pop Matters Review

Classroom Materials:

Grand Challenge Learning Syllabus

Price of Thirst Outline

Interviews:

The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Podcasts:

Pod Academy - Price of Thirst

Related Links:

Business Insider Map of the Day

Food and Water Watch - Corporate Control of Water

Food and Water Watch - Water Privatization: Facts and Figures

Food and Water Watch - Public Water for All

Food and Water Watch - Victory! Human Right to Water Affirmed in California

Contact Information

Center for Educational Excellence
Camino 1F 5998
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-7402
Fax: (619) 849-8353
cee@sandiego.edu