The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for May:
Published in 1978, this non-fiction travelogue takes the reader along on Matthiessen’s journey to Nepal. Peter Matthiessen and George Schaller traveled to the Dolpo region mainly to research Himalayan sheep, but they also hoped to visit a Buddhist monastery. However, their biggest hope was to spot a snow leopard. Matthiessen details their journey along with all that they see and experience. Overall, he takes a Buddhist, spiritual approach toward their experiences. Full of philosophical ruminations, this book explores Nepal, spirituality, and Matthiessen’s own psyche.
Copies are available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection:
This 2005 documentary tracks Antarctic Emperor penguins as they leave the ocean, head to their breeding grounds, and care for their young. It follows all of the many problems that the penguins face in trying to keep their young alive. Their remarkable march was documented over the course of about a year by a crew that dealt with inhospitable temperatures and weather. Directed by Luc Jacquet, it was originally created in French, but the film was released in English among many other languages. In 2005, the film wound up winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Rated G, it is a great film for the whole family.
The DVD is 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.