Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

Recommended Reads from our Faculty

Each semesterly newsletter features a top three readings list recommended by a staff or faculty member. For Winter 2023, that faculty member will be adjunct professor Christa Pullion.

  1. "The Earth After Us” by Jan Zalasiewicze
    • This book questions the legacy that humans would leave on Earth.  We are asked to imagine what the Earth will look like 100 million years from now.  What would geologists of the future discover? The focus is on geological processes and environmental changes that would have taken place over the span of many years based on our living patterns and habits today. What trace would human beings leave in the rocks? This author is very knowledgeable and entertaining, leaving the reader with many different perspectives and questions about the future of this planet.

  2. “Why Geography Matters More Than Ever” by Harm de Blij

    • With a passion for human geography, I often find myself asking this question to my students…. “why does Geography matter?”  The world has become more connected than ever before, and it continues to evolve and change at a rapid pace.  The author argues that it is imperative to improve our understanding of the world around us as we continue to face global challenges.  The more we know about geography, focusing on everything from the environment to geopolitics and culture, the better prepared we will be to handle these issues.

  3. “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling

    • This is an account of accomplishments and human progress connected to the world around us.  Rosling stresses that we consistently dwell on the negatives based on what we choose to see.  He believes our misinterpretations come from ten basic instincts that hurt our perception of the world.  From the author’s attempt to overcome various biases, the reader can gain new perspectives about the potential future of the world.


De Blij, Harm J.. "Why Geography Matters More than Ever" Oxford University Press, 2012.

Rosling, Hans. "Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think" Sceptre, 2018.

Zalasiewicz, Jan.  "The Earth After Us: What Legacy Will Humans Leave in the Rocks?" Oxford University Press, 2009.