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Santa Barbara Reads
a community reading program
In Partnership with UCSB Reads

The Big Burn : Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
by Timothy Egan

January 15 – March 4, 2014

Events

January 29, 4pm. UCSB Library, Mary Cheadle Room, 3rd Floor
Faculty Panel: Bren School professors Sarah Anderson, Andrew Plantinga, and Naomi Tague will introduce the SERI Fire research initiative, which is bringing together an interdisciplinary team in pursuit of new strategies for managing wildfire under conditions of climate change.

Los Padres National Forest Family Presentations with Smokey Bear*
           
Tues., Feb. 4, 5:30pm, SB Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St.
Film: Ordeal by Fire (60 min.) brings to life the period of the 1910 wildfires in the northwest, when people were learning to live with the ancient natural cycles of a harsh yet beautiful land. The fires were also the first big test of one of American's most profound political ideas: could, and should, the federal government manage and protect America's natural resources? By filmmaker George Sibley.  info

February 5, 12-1pm. UCSB Library, Mary Cheadle Room, 3rd Floor
Book Club Discussion: An informal book club discussion of The Big Burn led by librarian Alex Regan. Open to all, even if you have not yet read the book. Bring your lunch.

Tues., Feb. 11, 5:30pm, SB Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St.
Film: Behind the Lines: Fighting a Wildland Fire (50 min.) Filmed during the 2007-2008 Zaca and Gap fires in Santa Barbara County, Behind the Lines gives a look at what goes into fighting a large-scale wildfire. Filmmaker Jennie Reinish will introduce the film and answer questions.  info

February 12, 6pm. Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Rd., Montecito
Faculty Panel: UCSB faculty from multiple disciplines will discuss the, The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America. Panelists are Peter S. Alagona, History; Karen Lunsford, Writing Program; and Dar Roberts, Geography. Open to all, even if you have not yet read the book.

Tues., Feb. 18, 5:30pm, SB Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St.
Film: The Greatest Good: A Forest Service Centennial Film tells the story of the U.S. Forest Service and the public lands the agency manages. This award-winning documentary weaves historic footage and still photographs with interviews with historians, timber industry and environmental leaders, and Forest Service employees to illuminate the past 100 years of accomplishments and controversies experienced while managing 191 million acres of America's land. Narrated by Charles Osgood.  info

February 19, 4pm. UCSB Library, Mary Cheadle Room, 3rd Floor
Artist Talk by Ethan Turpin. Turpin will talk about his exhibition Burn Cycle, which is on exhibit in the UCSB Library lobby from February 8- April 30, 2014.

February 20, 6pm. Santa Barbara Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara
Faculty Panel: A panel of UCSB faculty and staff from multiple disciplines will discuss the UCSB Reads selection, The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America. Panelists are Jon Cook, Campus Design and Facilities; Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook, English; John Majewski, History; and Michael Stohl, Communication. Open to all, even if you have not yet read the book.

Tues., Feb. 25, 5:30pm, SB Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St.
Film: Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time (73 min.)  Produced in partnership between the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Center for Humans and Nature, and the US Forest Service Green Fire highlights legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Award-winning film narrated by Curt Meine.  info

February 26, 4 pm. UCSB Library, Mary Cheadle Room, 3rd Floor
Journalist Ray Ford will speak about "History of Fire in Santa Barbara: Perceptions and Misconceptions."

March 4, 8pm. UCSB, Campbell Hall
AUTHOR TALK: Reading and lecture by Timothy Egan, author of The Big Burn (free admission)

Visit UCSB Reads for more information and events

**All events are free and open to the public. No tickets or RSVPs required.**

*Children’s’ Fire Safety Programs with Smokey Bear!

Smokey Bear and a Forest Ranger Friend from Los Padres National Forest will talk to the children about Smokey's story and important message on fire safety. A forest fire service truck may be available to explore after storytime. This event is best for children 5 and up.

Mon., Feb. 10, Montecito Library, 10:30am
Wed., Feb. 12, Goleta Library, 10:30am
Thurs., Feb. 20, Carpinteria Library, 10:30am
Tues., Feb. 25, Central Library, 10:30am. 
Tues., Feb. 25, Solvang Library, 10:30am
Fri., Feb. 28, Eastside Library, 10:30am

Related information and resources

Test your fire management knowledge: Play Living With Fire from the US Forest Service - based on research and tools developed for real-world fire management.

U.S. Forest Service Wildland Fire web site

The Forest History Society links the past to the future by identifying, collecting, preserving, interpreting, and disseminating information on the history of interactions between people, forests, and their related resources.

Los Padres National Forest Los Padres National Forest encompasses approximately 1.75 million acres of central California's scenic Coast and Transverse Ranges. Much of the forest is unroaded and primitive, and about half of it is congressionally designated wildernesses.

The Wilderness Society American conservation organization working to protect our nation’s shared wildlands.

Cal Fire California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) are dedicated to the fire protection and stewardship of over 31 million acres of California's privately-owned wildlands. Cal Fire is often asked to assist or take the lead in disasters, including floods, earthquakes, the 1991 Tunnel Fire in the Oakland/Berkeley Hills; and the 2003 Southern California Fire Siege.

Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center  is the focal point for coordinating the mobilization of resources for wildland fire and other incidents throughout Southern California. Located in Riverside, the Center also provides Intelligence and Predictive Services related-products designed to be use by the internal wildland fire community for purposes of wildland fire and incident management decision-making.

National Interagency Fire Center NIFC serves as focal point for coordinating the national mobilization of resources for wildland fire and other incidents throughout the United States.
 

Santa Barbara Reads & UCSB Reads
Partner to read and discuss
The Big Burn
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Santa Barbara Reads is the community reading program sponsored by the Santa Barbara Public Library System since 2002, when the first book, T.C. Boyle’s Tortilla Curtain, was featured.

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