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Humanities at GBC

While the HC@gbc is new, the committment of GBC's students, faculty, and staff is long-standing. Here is just one of the many humanities activities being undertaken at GBC.

GBC Book Club graphic.HC@gbc Book Club Books

The HC@gbc Book Club is open to all readers who want to dive deep and discuss! You need not be a GBC student or employee to participate! Copies of books available at all GBC campuses!

WHAT: Online Book Discussion
WHO: All Are Welcome!

Missed the discussion but read the book? No worries! You can watch the full Zoom discussion of past HC@gbc Book Club titles at our YouTube channel- while there, make sure to subscribe!

On the Trail of the Jackalope graphic.The HC@gbc Book Club Hosts a Virtual Author Visit!

Join HC@gbc Director Dr. Sam Lackey and author Michael P. Branch to discuss his book On the Trail of the Jackalope: How a Legend Captured the World's Imagination and Helped Us Cure Cancer.

WHEN: September 20th, 6:00 - 7:00 pm PT
WHO: All Are Welcome!

Book available for checkout at all GBC campus locations!

On the Trail of the Jackalope is the never-before-told story of the horned Michael P. Branch graphic.rabbit—the myths, the hoaxes, the very real scientific breakthrough it inspired—and how it became a cultural touchstone of the American West. Read more about the book.

A humorist and desert writer, Michael P. Branch is Foundation Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the author of more than 300 essays and reviews, and 10 books, including Raising Wild, Rants from the Hill, and How to Cuss in Western. His creative nonfiction includes pieces recognized as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays, The Best Creative Nonfiction, The Best American Science and Nature Writing, and The Best American Non-required Reading. Mike lives with his wife, Erin, and daughters, Hannah and Caroline, in the ecotone where the Great Basin Desert and the Sierra Nevada Mountains meet.

Spring 2022 Titles

The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu

The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu book cover graphic.By Tom Lin
May 26, 2022 5:30 - 7 pm
Facilitated by GBC’s Dr. John Rice

About the Book

Orphaned young, Ming Tsu, the son of Chinese immigrants, is raised by the notorious leader of a California crime syndicate, who trains him to be his deadly enforcer. But when Ming falls in love with Ada, the daughter of a powerful railroad magnate, and the two elope, he seizes the opportunity to escape to a different life. Soon after, in a violent raid, the tycoon’s henchmen kidnap Ada and conscript Ming into service for the Central Pacific Railroad.

Battered, heartbroken, and yet defiant, Ming partners with a blind clairvoyant known only as the prophet. Together the two set out to rescue his wife and to exact revenge on the men who destroyed Ming, aided by a troupe of magic-show performers, some with supernatural powers, whom they meet on the journey. Ming blazes his way across the West, settling old scores with a single-minded devotion that culminates in an explosive and unexpected finale.

Tom Lin graphic.About the Author

Tom Lin was born in China and immigrated to the United States when he was four. A graduate of Pomona College, he is currently in the PhD program at the University of California, Davis. The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu is his first novel.

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with significant support from the
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“To the man who only has a hammer in the toolkit, every problem looks like a nail.” -Abraham Maslow

…a digital humanities center developed by great basin college because 'humanities matter' ♥