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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. Below are some of the many humanities activities being undertaken at GBC.

HC@gbc Book Club Books

GBC Book Club graphic.The HC@gbc Book Club meets from 11 am - 12:30 pm PST one Friday of each month on Zoom. 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.

Fall 2021 Titles

Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness

Kristin Radtke photo graphic.By Kristin Radtke
Friday, September 24, 11 am - 12:30 pm
(Graphic Non-fiction) by Kristen Radtke

About the Book

From the acclaimed author of Imagine Wanting Only This—a timely and moving meditation on isolation and longing, both as individuals and as a society.

There is a silent epidemic in America: loneliness. Shameful to talk about and often misunderstood, loneliness is everywhere, from the most major of metropolises to the smallest of towns.

In Seek You, Kristen Radtke’s wide-ranging exploration of our inner lives and public selves, Radtke digs into the ways in which we attempt to feel closer to one another, and the distance that remains. Through the lenses of gender and violence, technology and art, Radtke ushers us through a history of loneliness and longing, and shares what feels impossible to share.

Ranging from the invention of the laugh-track to the rise of Instagram, the bootstrap-pulling cowboy to the brutal experiments of Harry Harlow, Radtke Kristin Radtke photo graphic.investigates why we engage with each other, and what we risk when we turnaway. With her distinctive, emotionally-charged drawings and deeply empathetic prose, Kristen Radtke masterfully shines a light on some of our most vulnerable and sublime moments, and asks how we might keep the spaces between us from splitting entirely.

About the Author

Kristin Radtke is the author of the graphic nonfiction books Seek You and Imagine Wanting Only This. The recipient of a 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant, Radtke is the art director and deputy publisher of The Believer. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Marie Claire, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Harper’s, among many other publications.

Miracle Country: A Memoir

Kendra Atleework photo graphic.By Kendra Atleework
(A Nevada Reads Book)
Friday, October 22 11 am - 12:30 pm

Author Visit! Kendra Atleework will come and join us virtually for a discussion facilitated by GBC’s Dr. Sam Lackey.

About the Book

Kendra Atleework was born and raised on the dry edge of California at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada mountains. She moved away for a decade, mostly spent being homesick and researching the place she left behind—the product of which is her first book, Miracle Country, winner of the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award and 2021 pick for the statewide program Nevada Reads. Kendra holds an MFA in writing from the University of Minnesota. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Anderson Center, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Her writing has appeared in Best American Essays, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of the Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Kendra Atleework photo graphic.Writers Award and lives in her hometown of Bishop, California, where she can be found roaming the mountains and desert and growing a big garden.

About the Author

Kendra Atleework was born and raised on the dry edge of California at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada mountains. She moved away for a decade, mostly spent being homesick and researching the place she left behind—the product of which is Miracle Country. She is the recipient of the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award and was selected for The Best American Essays, edited by Ariel Levy. She received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and now lives in her hometown of Bishop, California.

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Indian Horse (Novel)

Richard Wagamese photo graphic.By Richard Wagamese
Friday, November 19, 11 am - 12:30 pm
Discussion facilitated by GBC’s Laura Debenham.

Indian Horse is a force for healing in our beautiful, broken world.” Kathleen Winter, author of Annabel.

About the Book

Indian Horse, a severe yet beautiful novel by Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese, concerns Saul Indian Horse, a former hockey star undergoing treatment for alcoholism.

Saul chronicles his life story as a means of identifying the source of his addiction. His autobiography is a familiar vehicle for conveying the novel’s plot. At the same time, it demonstrates how knowing your own story can heal a broken spirit.”

Richard Wagamese photo graphic.About the Author

Richard Wagamese, an Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario, was one of Canada's foremost writers. His acclaimed, bestselling novels included Indian Horse, which was a Canada Reads finalist, winner of the inaugural Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, and made into a feature film; and Medicine Walk. He was also the author of acclaimed memoirs, including For Joshua; One Native Life; and One Story, One Song, which won the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature; as well as a collection of personal reflections, Embers, which received the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award. He won numerous awards and recognition for his writing, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media and Communications, the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize, the Canada Reads People's Choice Award, and the Writers' Trust of Canada's Matt Cohen Award. Wagamese died on March 10, 2017, in Kamloops, BC.

The City We Became (Science Fiction)

N.K. Jemisin photo graphic.By N.K. Jemisin
Friday, December 17, 11 am - 12:30 pm
Discussion facilitated by GBC’s Dr. Josh Webster.

About the Book

Five New Yorkers must come together to defend their city from an ancient evil in this stunning new novel by Hugo Award-winner and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin. Every great city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got six.

But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs in the halls of power, threatening to destroy the cityand her six newborn avatars unless they can come together and stop it once and for all. (From the publisher)

N.K. Jemisin photo graphic.Quotes from book cover: “New York Times best seller and three-time HUGO-award winning author.” “A glorious fantasy.”- Neil Gaiman.

About the Author

N(ora). K. Jemisin is a New York Times-bestselling author of speculative fiction short stories and novels, who lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY. In 2018, she became the first author to win three Best Novel Hugos in a row. She has also won a Nebula Award, two Locus Awards, and is a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.

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