UConn Reads Initiatives

Partners across the University are developing special initiatives on this year’s UConn Reads theme of Environmental Justice and Human Rights.


UConn Library Environmental Justice and Human Rights Collection 

The UConn Library has curated a collection of titles to supplement discussions as part of this year’s UConn Reads thematic focus of “Environmental Justice and Human Rights.”

The Human Epoch: Living in the Anthropocene

The William Benton Museum of Art is hosting this curricular exhibition and related website to support the teaching of a new introductory environmental literacy and science course offered by the Department of Geosciences, GSCI 1000E The Human Epoch: Living in the Anthropocene. The course is intended to help students better comprehend global environmental change and to combat “eco-anxiety” by understanding how the Earth actually works. The exhibition offers a point of entry for the broader campus community, as well as the general public, to a set of key questions addressed in the course such as: How does the Earth work, and is it fragile? How and why have humans changed it? How does climate change fit into the larger story? When and how will our epoch end?

Curated by Robert Thorson, Department Head (Interim) and Professor, Geosciences, with Amanda Douberley, Assistant Curator/Academic Liaison, William Benton Museum of Art.

Climate Crisis: Take Action pop-up course 

Human-caused climate change is one of the most challenging crises facing the world. Solutions exist that offer hope for addressing this challenge now. This free 8-week course takes a transdisciplinary approach to the issue of climate change action, intentionally integrating across traditional academic disciplines in science, social science, and the humanities, and reaching beyond the academy to incorporate the full array of stakeholders such as those in public policy, business, and the general public.