Book and Film of the Month for March
The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for April:
Migrant workers of varied immigration status have long been a hot debate topic. However, Rivers writes a book that takes a personal look at the farm hands who handle the difficult work that no one else wants to do. He goes to 13 different farms in Western New York and does the same tasks that the other farm hands are assigned. He finds the work incredibly difficult and sees the farm hands for the skilled, hard workers that they are. Originally written as a series for the Batavia Daily News in 2008, this book was published in 2010 and received numerous awards.
Copies are available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection:
Directed by Robert Kenner, this 2008 documentary examines U.S. agribusiness and exposes just how unhealthy it is. Kenner explores the meat, grain, and vegetable mass-production practices and the manner in which food is labelled. Besides the damage that these practices are doing to the environment, there is also the damage that is being done to the public that is consuming this food. An illuminating look at the industry of food production, this film won a few awards, such as the 2009 Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Documentary. This documentary just might change the way you look at food.
The DVD is available on reserve in the Silverman Multimedia Collection:
Both selections are part of our 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films initiatives; titles on these lists were chosen by UB faculty and staff members of the Undergraduate Academies Council to reflect the themes of the five Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. Think of them as “unrequired” reading and viewing suggestions. All 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films are available in the UB Libraries.