On Wednesday, June 1 at 7:30 pm in Thomas Berry Hall, Kate Daloz will discuss her new book We Are As Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s on the Quest for a New America.
The Back to the Land movement of the 1970s is one of the least understood yet most influential periods in recent American history. In her meticulously researched and page-turning testament to the dreams of a generation, Kate sheds new, clear-eyed light on one generation’s determination to change their lives and the world.
While we may think of the back-to-the-land movement as “over,” in fact it shapes our society and our Island life today—how we eat, dress, clean, raise our children, care for our health, agriculture, and the environment, conduct business, understand our spirituality—and even how we vote.
Along with many others who moved to the island in the 1970’s, the Whidbey Institute at Chinook was an important contributor to the extraordinary community that we value today, and grew out of that movement. Meanwhile, back in Vermont, Kate’s father, Larry (see on dome below), was also unknowingly a part of what in retrospect was a broadly national, cultural moment.
We hope you will join us for a rich evening of looking back at a period that has directly and indirectly affected us all, and ahead at the lessons we might learn from that history.
The evening is hosted by Larry and Sharon. We hope you can join us!
Kate is a graduate of Oberlin College, earned her MFA from Columbia University in creative non-fiction, currently teaches at Baruch College, and works as a writing consultant. She grew up in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in the geodesic dome her parents built. She now lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn, NY.
Books will be available for purchase and signing. Note that Kate will be appearing also in Seattle at Elliott Bay Bookstore on Tuesday, May 31 at 7 pm.