Fitchburg State University’s Community Read, which brings the campus and wider community together for discussions and explorations of a shared text, this year delves into Robert MacFarlane’s acclaimed non-fiction book Underland: A Deep Time Journey.
MacFarlane takes readers through caverns and cisterns, root systems and glaciers, tombs and mines, opening our sense of wonder while also revealing the damage we have done and are doing to the heart and lungs of our planet. He weaves together poetry and geology, science and mythology, as he mines the earth and explores mysteries we usually assign to the stars.
Fitchburg State faculty will lead a discussion of MacFarlane’s text at events throughout the semester. The first installment, covering part one of the book, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, with Professors Steve Edwards (English Studies), Chris Picone (Biology & Chemistry), Ben Railton (English Studies), Collin Syfert (English Studies), Kisha Tracy (English Studies), and Diego Ubiera (English Studies) leading a discussion that explores the major insights and stakes of MacFarlane’s timely work.