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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.


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Evi Buell, PhD

Professor and Chair of the Arts and Letters Department, Great Basin College, Elko Campus.

There was a lot good in 2020 for me, including major surgery and meeting someone I love very dearly. So my list kind of reflects that positivity. Use what you like from here.

I read 44 books this year, spanning both fiction and non-fiction. I really don't like to watch things, so binge-watching wasn't my pandemic deal. I do a better job getting lost at my own pace.

I have bigger goals for 2021-100 books anyone? We can call it 2021-hundred.


Title: Light From Other Stars by Erika Swyler
Format: Book
Why: Stunning, touching, profound, innocent, expansive… there are so many compliments to pay to this amazingness. I only give one of each book as a gift, and I gave this one to someone so important. That says everything for me about this novel.

Title: Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
Format: Book
Why: This book unfolds in such a unique way. A masterstroke of near-future environmental effects that is deeply human.

Title: Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Format: Book
Why: The smartest book I’ve read in a long time; Luiselli is a genius in more than one way.

Honourable Mentions & Notables

Honourable mention to Erika Swyler’s The Book of Speculation. I love the character Alice. There is a warm openness to this story that is massively refreshing.

Honourable mention to Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists. I loved 80% of the book, and it’s simply masterful.

Other notable books I’ve read in 2020

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Lanny by Max Porter
Sorry For Your Trouble by Richard Ford
The Cactus League by Emily Nemens
The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen


As a bonus, a few songs I listened to on repeat this year:

"Quick Canal" by Atlas Sound
"To Know You" by Wild Nothing
"Casimir Pulaski Day" by Sufjan Stevens
"Let It Go" by Jesse Mac Cormack
“Awake" by Amaara
"Free" by Sault
"For Sure" by Future Islands

with significant support from...National Endowment for the Humantities logo graphic.

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

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