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Boys in the Boat - Book Discussion - Saturday, September 12, 2015 -- 10AM

If Jesse Owens is rightfully the most famous American athlete of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, repudiating Adolf Hitlerís notion of white supremacy by winning gold in four events, the gold-medal-winning effort by the eight-man rowing team from the University of Washington remains a remarkable story. It encompasses the convergence of transcendent British boatmaker George Pocock; the quiet yet deadly effective UW menís varsity coach, Al Ulbrickson; and an unlikely gaggle of young rowers who would shine as freshmen, then grow up together, a rough-and-tumble bunch, writes Brown, not very worldly, but earnest and used to hard work. Brown (Under a Flaming Sky, 2006) takes enough time to profile the principals in this story while using the 1936 games and Hitlerís heavy financial and political investment in them to pull the narrative along. In doing so, he offers a vivid picture of the socioeconomic landscape of 1930s America (brutal), the relentlessly demanding effort required of an Olympic-level rower, the exquisite brainpower and materials that go into making a first-rate boat, and the wiles of a coach who somehow found a way to, first, beat archrival University of California, then conquer a national field of qualifiers, and finally, defeat the best rowing teams in the world. A book that informs as it inspires. --Alan Moores (Booklist)

The Basics of Natural Gas Fracking and Its Environmental Impacts by Tom Newman - Thursday, September 17, 7PM

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a method used to extract natural gas from deep rock by injuecting a presurrized liquid consisting of water, sand and chemicals into drilled holes to create cracks through which the natural gas may flow out of, into wells. This process accounts for a significant percentage of the natural gas used in electricity production. Tom Newman, whose father grew up on a Black Earth farm, will present some of the basic processess used in fracking in a Powerpoint slideshow. He will also consider the impact of fracking on climate change.

Last updated August 27, 2015