With two weeks left in the semester, I am looking forward to my summer break! I plan on reading three ecologically oriented books during the summer, each of which is under $10 on Kindle. As I finish them, I'll post a short review of each.
The first is A Franciscan View of Creation: Learning to Live in a Sacramental World, written by Ilia Delio. As many of my readers know, I am particularly connected to Franciscan understandings of Christianity and ecology. In this book, Delio (a well known Chardin scholar) discusses the ecological implications of the writings of Francis of Assisi, Bonaventure, and Duns Scotus; three primary thinkers in the Franciscan tradition. I've wanted to read something by Delio for a while, and this 2003 publication may provide an interesting entry into her writings. Her organization, the Omega Center, aims "to deepen Teilhard de Chardin’s integration of science and spirituality by providing insights and practices to enkindle awareness of love at the heart of reality." Delio's book has the opportunity to expand the spiritual dimensions of my philosophy on soil.
The second book, Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climactic Regime, was recommended to me on Facebook by Vincent Bates. In this 2018 monograph, Bruno Latour, a French philosopher, that the West's "victory of Communism" wasn't the end of history, but rather the start of a new history. As I understand it from the bit I read on Amazon "Look Inside," this new era is marked by deregulation (resulting in the horror of globalization), increased inequality, and a "systematic effort to deny the existence of climate change." Because this book (like my own) is rooted in the politics of Donald Trump as an exemplification of the challenge, Latour's book has the opportunity to expand the political dimensions of my philosophy on soil.
Finally, I am reading Catherine Grant's Music Endangerment: How Language Maintenance Can Help. In this 2014 ethnomusicological monograph, Grant constructs the "Music Vitality and Endangerment Framework," which is aimed at helping anthropologists identify at-risk musical cultures, and help sustain them. I believe music educators have a role to play in this sort of project, and Grant's book may offer eco-literate music pedagogy some practical suggestions for the musics and places we hope to sustain and regenerate.