Women’s Book Group
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
“Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson’s passionate concern for the future of our planet reverberated powerfully throughout the world, and her eloquent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement. It is without question one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.”
Social Action Book Group
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil
“We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. [But] The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination. . .This important book empowers us to ask the tough questions, uncover the truth, and demand change.”
We will discuss this book on Sunday, February 26, 2017 , at 11:00 a.m. in Classroom 9. Come for the discussion even if you have read only parts of the book. Purchase through Amazon’s UUFS Donation page.