2015-16 Feather River College Book in Common:

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert




  • To show, in a public way, that FRC values learning through reading

  • To bring the Feather River College Community together through a common experience

  • To bring literate, engaging stories, and relevant topics to the Feather River College Community

  • To recognize our shared humanity

Upcoming Events


Fieldtrip to Butterfly Valley Botanical Area


Thursday, October 15th, 12 noon – 4pm


Anyone interested! 

US Forest Service Ecologist Kyle Merriam will lead the trip. She is an expert on the Sierra Cascade Province.


Meet at vans at the bottom of main parking lot at 12 noon


RSVP to Darla DeRuiter (dderuiter@frc.edu) if you or any of your students are interested in joining the fieldtrip associated with The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert.  Wear shoes that can get wet and bring a notebook and camera! Be prepared for an afternoon outside (sun protection, drinking water).

The Butterfly Valley Botanical Area has four carnivorous plants, including the beautiful California Pitcher Plant, and many other beautiful botanical wonders. Come learn about the ecology of this close-to-home treasure.  We will be walking short distances on easy terrain.

Next fieldtrip:  

TBD during Spring Break – Fossils in Taylorsville

More information coming soon.

Hello FRC Community,

This is just a brief report back from yesterday’s lively and thought provoking Book in Common discussion. There were seven people in attendance to discuss the first two chapters of The Sixth Extinction. Two general inquiries emerged: 1) Does the author imply that it is human nature to consume and destroy. 2) Would the world be a more environmentally friendly place without the advent of agriculture?  Our session ended before we could come to any agreement on these two enormous topics, so we agreed to resume the discussion at our next session.

Next month’s Book in Common discussion will be facilitated by Chris Connell. The discussion will focus on Chapters 3 and 4. I have included a link for Chris Williams’s Marxism and Environmentalism as a possible source for more general discussions about issues raised in the book.


Marxism and the environment | International Socialist Review

“The analysis of Nature into its individual parts, the grouping of the different natural processes and objects in definite classes, the study of the internal anatomy of organized bodies in their...


Please join our next discussion. If you have any questions or suggested readings please send them to Book in Common Brown Bag Lunch co-coordinators Bridget Tracy and/or me.


Joan Parkin


Study Guides and Interesting Links

  • Study Guide

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  • Youtube.com Videos

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  • Important Links

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  • Sample Student Papers

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For as long as humans have walked the Earth, we’ve been making changes to it – oftentimes with little or no comprehension about the far-reaching consequences of our actions. But in her book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert opens our eyes to the powerful and possibly catastrophic mass extinction unfolding right in front of us. 

Elizabeth Kolbert won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction for The Sixth Extinction, which is now out in paperback. She traveled the globe to tell the fascinating and important story of how our planet is under assault— and why we should all be concerned.

Kolbert is a staff writer for the New Yorker, a two-time National Magazine award winner and the author of the 2006 bestseller, Field Notes from a Catastrophe.

Please submit suggestions for the FRC Book in Common 2016

Send email to cconnell@frc.edu or ktrutna@frc.edu