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2013 Program

The Life of the Mind common book selection for the Class of 2017 is Bill McKibben’s Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.

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Bill McKibben will be joining us on campus on August 19th at 5:30 in the Thompson-Boling Area. His visit is a part of Welcome Week. To view the full calendar of activities during Welcome Week, click here. Attendance at this event for first-year students is mandatory as it is required for their FYS 100 course. Students or visitors requiring disability accommodations for the Life of the Mind events on August 19th should contact the First-Year Studies office at 865-974-3523 or UT students are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services.

What are they saying?

What I have to say about this book is very simple: Read it, please. Straight through to the end. Whatever else you were planning to do next, nothing could be more important.
—Barbara Kingsolver


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About the Author

Readers’ Guide


Praise for Eaarth

With clarity, eloquence, deep knowledge and even deeper compassion for both planet and people, Bill McKibben guides us to the brink of a new, uncharted era. This monumental book… may restore your faith in the future, with us in it.
—Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us


Eaarth is an astonishingly important book that will knock you down and pick you up.
—Rebecca Solnit, author of Paradise Built in Hell & Hope in the Dark



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