Island Press Events


Bird Brother | Island Press

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Webinar: Bird Brother with Rodney Stotts

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 12:00pm EST

Join The Cornell Lab of Ornithology as we welcome back Rodney Stotts, one of America’s few Black master falconers, to celebrate the release of his first book, Bird Brother: A Falconer's Journey and the Healing Power of Wildlife, which revolves around pursuing dreams against all odds and the importance of second chances. Listen as Rodney shares his story as a Black child facing dangerous threats to transforming his life through the healing power of nature. Rodney reminds us that no matter how much heartbreak we have endured, we still have the capacity to give back to our communities and follow our wildest dreams.

Bet the Farm by Beth Hoffman | An Island Press book

Book Club Discussion: “Bet the Farm” with Beth Hoffman

Sunday, February 6, 2022 - 2:00pm CST

The Franklin School
4801 Franklin Ave
Des Moines, IA 50310
United States

Book Club Discussion: “Bet the Farm” with Beth Hoffman

The Franklin School

Sunday, February 6 at 2pm CST

The Iowa Food Foundation (IFF) is partnering with Beaverdale Books and author Beth Hoffman for a book-club discussion of Bet the Farm: The Dollars and Sense of Growing Food in America.

In her late 40s, Beth Hoffman decided to upend her comfortable life as a professor and journalist to move to her husband’s family ranch in Iowa—all for the dream of becoming a farmer. There was just one problem: money. Half of America's two million farms made less than $300 in 2019, and many struggle just to stay afloat.
Bet the Farm chronicles this struggle through Beth’s eyes. She must contend with her father-in-law, who is reluctant to hand over control of the land. Growing oats is good for the environment but ends up being very bad for the wallet. And finding somewhere, in the midst of COVID-19, to slaughter grass finished beef is a nightmare.
If Beth can’t make it, how can farmers who confront racism, lack access to land, or don’t have other jobs to fall back on, hack it? Bet the Farm is a first-hand account of the perils of farming today and a personal exploration of more just and sustainable ways of producing food.

Contact Beaverdale Books to reserve your copy or drop by the store for a book at 2629 Beaver Ave in Des Moines (tell them it is for the Iowa Food Foundation book club for an additional 10% off).

Dream Play Build by  James Rojas and John Kamp | An Island Press book

Dream Play Build: Hands-On Community Engagement for Enduring Spaces and Places

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 12:00pm MST

For 20 years, James Rojas and John Kamp have been looking to art, creative expression, and storytelling to shake up the classic community meeting.

In their new book, Dream Play Build, they share their insights into building common ground and inviting active participation among diverse groups. Their approach, “Place It!,” draws upon three methods: the interactive model-building workshop, the pop-up, and site exploration using our senses. In this discussion, they will offer wisdom distilled from workshops held around the world and a deep dive into the transformational approach and results from a community in southern California.

Moderated by Deirdre Pfeiffer, associate professor in the ASU School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, this event is in partnership with Island Press, a nonprofit that shines a spotlight on crucial issues and focuses attention on sustainable solutions.

You can purchase Dream, Play, Build at the link to the independently owned Changing Hands Bookstore.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (MST)

From the Ground Up | Island Press

Creating Streets for People in the Tenderloin (an in-person program)

Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 5:00pm PST

SPUR Urban Center
654 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

From parklets and quick-build projects to its recent Slow Streets initiative, San Francisco has been a leader in experimenting with remaking its streetscapes. However, these programs and their benefits are often unequally distributed. One such example is the Tenderloin, which had fewer public street amenities than most other neighborhoods before the pandemic and was one of the last to see these types of projects unfold since. And, despite being San Francisco’s most dense neighborhood, with the highest number of unhoused residents, it suffers from a prioritization of automobile expedience over safe neighborhood streets, resulting in the highest number of incidents of traffic violence in the city. However, the efforts of grassroots organizers, advocacy groups and social enterprises are creating new models of ground-up approaches to neighborhood safety, including community policing, block safety and resident corner captains. Join a panel discussion led by Alison Sant, the author of the new book From the Ground Up: Local Efforts to Create Resilient Cities, to examine the ways in which local leaders are shaping the Tenderloin and the initiatives that may provide solutions to our most difficult challenges.

Schools That Heal: Design with Mental Health in Mind

Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 11:00am EST

Author Claire Latané will join us to discuss her 2020 book, Schools That Heal: Design with Mental Health in Mind. 

What would a school look like if it was designed with mental health in mind? Too many public schools look and feel like prisons, but we know that nurturing environments are better for learning. Research consistently shows that access to nature, big classroom windows, and open campuses reduce stress, anxiety, disorderly conduct, and crime, and improve academic performance. But too few school designers and decision-makers apply this research to create healthy schools. In her book, Schools That Heal, Claire details the myriad opportunities—from furniture to classroom improvements to whole campus renovations—to make supportive learning environments for our children and teenagers.

Q&A will follow the presentation. The session will end at 12:30pm ET. Schools That Heal is available through Island Press in book and e-book form. For more information: Webinar registrants will receive a 30% discount code.

Moderator: Irene Nigaglioni, IN2 Architecture & CHPS Board of Directors

Speaker: Claire Latané, author

Claire Latané is a professor of landscape architecture at Cal Poly Pomona. She has practiced landscape architecture since 2006. Claire draws from her backgrounds in communication and regenerative design to design and advocate for healthy and inclusive community and school environments.

Continuing education: This session is 1.5 hours long and has been submitted for AIA credit approval. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the reasons why designing for mental health is important.
  2. Understand some of the research on why the school environment makes a difference.
  3. Identify strategies to use in designing for mental health.
  4. Learn about the triple benefits the strategies have for mental, physical, and public health.

This session is free for CHPS members. All others are subject to a $19.99 registration fee. 

Bet the Farm by Beth Hoffman | An Island Press book

TKE presents Beth Hoffman Bet the Farm: The Dollars and Sense of Growing Food in America

Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 6:00pm MST

Join journalist and beginning farmer Beth Hoffman for a discussion of her new non-fiction book, Bet the Farm: The Dollars and Sense of Growing Food in America. Hoffman will be in conversation with former Executive Director of Wasatch Community Gardens, Ashley Patterson.

Half of America's two million farms made less than $300 in 2019. Between rising land costs, ever-more expensive equipment, the growing uncertainty of the climate, and few options for health care, farming today is a risky business. For many, simply staying afloat is a constant struggle.

Bet the Farm chronicles this struggle through Beth’s eyes as a beginning farmer. She must contend with her father-in-law, who is reluctant to hand over control of the land. Growing oats is good for the environment but ends up being very bad for the wallet. And finding somewhere, in the midst of COVID-19, to slaughter grass-finished beef is a nightmare. The couple also must balance the books, hoping that farming isn’t a romantic fantasy that takes every cent of their savings.  Bet the Farm is an examination of the economics of farming today and a personal exploration of more just and sustainable ways of producing food.

Autonorama | Island Press

Urban Reads: Peter Norton

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 12:15pm CDT

Peter Norton will discuss his new book, Autonorama: The Illusory Promise of High-Tech Driving

According to tech companies, automakers and consultancies, autonomous vehicles will drive themselves, better than we can, and sooner than we think. They promise us that with high-tech cars, we can have “zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion.” Despite the extraordinary technological developments of the last twenty years, however, the practical possibility of widespread automatic driving remains elusive. High-tech “solutions,” always just over the horizon, are supposed to offer the anticipated deliverance. The lack, however, lies not in technology but in the aspiration itself.

In "Autonorama," Peter Norton argues that technology cannot make car dependency sustainable, affordable, healthful, or inclusive. The expensive, high-tech “solutions” that we are being sold are not so much an effort to meet our practical transport needs than a way to perpetuate unsustainable car dependency. Meanwhile the supposed solutions, in promising us an eventual end to all our afflictions, divert us from transport sufficiency: an unspectacular state we can pursue now, at far less cost, with technology we already have.

Peter Norton is an associate professor of history in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. Norton has also been a visiting faculty member at the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and is a member of the University of Virginia’s Center for Transportation Studies. He is the author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City (MIT Press), and of Autonorama: The Illusory Promise of High-Tech Driving (Island Press, 2021). Norton is a winner of the Abbott Payson Usher Prize of the Society for the History of Technology. He is a frequent speaker on the subject of sustainable and equitable urban mobility.

The Kinder Institute's Urban Reads series showcases recently published works on pressing urban issues by local and national authors.